Nov 08 AT 5:20 PM Dustin Earley 10 Comments

Verizon to finish LTE buildout by mid-2013


First out of the gate and continuing with an aggressive buildout schedule, Verizon undoubtedly has the most comprehensive LTE network in the United States. While competitors like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile struggle to make LTE available to the masses, Verizon will finish its LTE network deployment by mid-2013, a full six months ahead of the originally projected date.

Speaking at at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo was the first to break news on the carrier’s milestone. According to Shammo, Verizon’s 4G LTE now covers roughly 80% of the nation’s population, or 250 million people. Nearly 15 million LTE devices are operating on Verizon’s network now, accounting for 35% of the total data used.

While Verizon’s LTE network hasn’t been without its fair share of hiccups, it’s far more stable now than it has ever been. By the end of next year, Verizon plans to get their LTE network on par with their massive 3G CDMA coverage area.

Source: Fierce Wireless

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Thomas Biard

    I know it will never happen, but I wish they would open up their LTE as agreed upon. This would hopefully allow Prepaid companies to jump on LTE and allow for the use of newer phones on CDMA prepaid.

    • frenchfry

      I am with you on the “AS promised” part. In the beginning they were acting like you get data when needed on laptops with no contract. They stated it like hotel wifi that you have to pay for only when needed.

      I hope that Freedompop can make it. I like there model of pay only when you use it.

  • CTown

    So, what will happen when AT&T and Verizon mostly depend on LTE (or LTE-Advanced). Could a phone be made that supports both networks like penta-band phones in regards to HSPA? Isn’t LTE just as standarized as HSPA? Can Verizon “glue SIM cards” in their LTE phones in the same way Sprint did with their Motorola phone that supports GSM?

  • myandroid99

    I’m still waiting for T-Mobile to start…

  • redraider133

    I hope in the near future once they get their VoLTE up and running we will be able to get any unlocked lte phone we want. I know it is wishful thinking but that would be awesome.

  • txbluesman

    I still can’t bring my self to pay their prices they want on a contract. I also don’t like how they treated the Galaxy Nexus owners for a Google phone. You don’t see them do that sort of thing with Ap#*%. I can’t even type that word. I don’t mind eating the red or green ones though.

  • alexanderharri3

    Not even the fairly densely packed rural regions of NJ are covered by LTE….still much work to do…and some areas lack the backbone to support decent LTE speeds still…

    • honourbound68

      yeppers. i’m lucky in edison and it’s surprising that some of the other highly populated towns that i drive through don’t

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  • CaptainDoug

    Still hasn’t reached the Tri-Cities(WA). There are many places with less people who already have it. Lame.