ONEONTA, N.Y., June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting Thursday, June 21, Verizon Wireless customers in the Oneonta and Cooperstown areas will be able to surf the Web, download large files, and share music and photos at speeds up to ten times faster than before with the company's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed data network. The new network will be available in Oneonta, Cooperstown and along portions of the I-88 corridor. Additional local cell sites will get the technology over the next several months, expanding and filling in coverage further. Full nationwide deployment of the company's 4G LTE network is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
In addition, the company will also turn on its 4G LTE network in the Binghamton-Elmira-Corning area and expand coverage in the Glens Falls area.
"Our 4G LTE network will change the way our customers in Central New York think about and use wireless technology," said Chris Felix, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "By bringing true fourth-generation wireless technology to the area, we continue to lead the way with 4G LTE by giving our local consumer and business customers the ability to enjoy a much more powerful and robust wireless data experience. That will translate into greater productivity, expanded business opportunities, and exciting new entertainment options."
The company's 4G LTE network is currently available to two-thirds of the U.S. population in 258 markets nationwide and offers more than six times the geographic coverage of its nearest competitor's 4G LTE network.
In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to use their 4G LTE smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptop modems and mobile hotspots to experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink – perfect for surfing the Web, streaming video, and downloading large files wirelessly.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area, or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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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