LAUREL, Md., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mike Maiorana, Verizon Wireless president of the Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC region, today announced that the company is launching the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Hagerstown, Maryland on Oct. 20. Already, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network is available in 143 cities across the country including Frederick and the Greater Washington/Baltimore area with 12 devices for consumers to choose from, including the new Pantech Breakout™ and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola. With this latest expansion, residents who live in Hagerstown with 4G LTE devices will be able to take advantage of the power of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network.
"We're proud to expand our 4G LTE footprint to Hagerstown to help residents, small businesses and local governments connect faster and more fully with each other and with others across the country," said Maiorana. "Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key technology enabler for many years to come."
By year's end, it's anticipated that Hagerstown's 4G LTE footprint will expand to serve residents who live in the surrounding areas of Hagerstown including south to Myersville, west to Clear Spring, north into Pennsylvania and east to Catoctin Mountain
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and has already expanded to cover more than half the U.S. population. Since launch, the 4G LTE network has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards. The company will continue to rapidly expand its 4G LTE network and is on course to cover more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.
As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless' consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company's 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE for more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.
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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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