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Verizon Adds Another 19 LTE Markets
All of Them Arriving December 20
by Karl Bode 06:17PM Tuesday Dec 18 2012
Continuing the company's industry-leading LTE deployment, Verizon Wireless today announced that the carrier has added another nineteen LTE markets to their network footprint. According to Verizon, December 20 will see LTE service light up across nineteen new markets in Washington, Arizona, Indiana, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado, and New Mexico. You can find a bevy of launch announcements citing specific locations over at the Verizon Wireless website. Verizon recently stated that all current EVDO areas should have LTE by the middle of next year, six months ahead of schedule.

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IowaCowboy
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Iowa

According to the press release, they are lighting up LTE in Mason City and Charles City Iowa.

I have a friend who lives in Mason City.

They probably won't upgrade very rural areas that already have EVDO because they need to upgrade the physical backhaul to support the faster speeds. We have LTE here in Springfield (MA) but the speeds are not optimal for what can be offered by LTE due the backhaul. A wireline or wireless connection is only as good as the weakest link and if the last mile is FiOS but the central office only has a backhaul link only good enough for DSL, then you are only going to get DSL speeds. That is probably the reason why Verizon is reluctant to deploy FiOS in Western Mass because the area between the Pioneer Valley and the rest of their FiOS deployments is very rural. Once you go west of Worcester, the area is pretty rural and you don't see civilization until you get to Wilbraham and more towards Ludlow (Exit 7 on the Mass Pike) and there is no infrastructure to build off of in to the south since that is AT&T U-Verse territory (which is why I'd like AT&T to buy Verizon's Western Mass wireline assets for hopes of getting U-Verse someday to give Comcast a little real competition). I think the lack of FiOS has to do with the geography and service territories here.
BiggA

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Re: Iowa

Everywhere is getting upgraded by mid-year. Whether all areas will have the bandwidth to have each sector pulling 73mbps simultaneous is a whole different story.
Aranarth

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Stanwood, MI

In before the end of the world?

Of course we have to get it done on the 20th because the world ends the next day...

NotTheMama
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Re: In before the end of the world?

Promises, promises...
Mr Matt

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Coverage like a Swiss Cheese.

I just received a MiFi 4G hotspot. Unfortunately there is no 4G connectivity. Here in Central Florida Verizon decided to provide 4G on the cheap, probably just for bragging rights. There is a tower about 3/4 of a mile from my house. Unfortunately Verizon chose not to install 4G equipment on this tower, so the nearest tower with 4G equipment is 6 Miles to the West or 7 Miles to the East. As a result Verizon's coverage map for this area is inaccurate. The map shows good coverage, when in fact there is practically no signal in this area. I guess Verizon should call their 4G service here, "Swiss Cheese 4G on the cheap, smells like Limburger".

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Re: Coverage like a Swiss Cheese.

Mr Matt you WILL get 4G within 6 months. Verizon has already stated ALL their 3G coverage will be 4G by mid year.
Mr Matt

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Re: Coverage like a Swiss Cheese.

According to Verizon's map I already have 4G coverage at my home. Verizon did not say in their announcement that they were going to fill in the holes in the Swiss Cheese. If the announcement stated that all towers that provide 3G service will be upgraded to 4G service I would feel allot more comfortable. Right now Verizon might never add 4G capability to the tower near me and still claim our area has 4G service, they already do. I just hope you are correct, that Verizon will enable 4G on the tower near me by mid 2013.

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Re: Coverage like a Swiss Cheese.

They said a good while back that all 3g towers would be upgraded to 4g. Google it.

88615298
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without knowing your exact location you could be in a "extended" area.

Which says: "Access the 4G LTE network within the Verizon Extended Coverage Area; certain conditions may cause your service to connect to 3G in this Area"
Crookshanks

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Binghamton, NY
said by Mr Matt:

According to Verizon's map I already have 4G coverage at my home.

Do you have coverage outside? If so, their map is accurate. They have big huge disclaimers on all the maps that say "outdoor coverage", because they have zero control over building materials, foil backed insulation panels, etc, all of which can degrade RF coming into your home.

In actuality, there are outdoor stumbling blocks that they can't control either, like foliage, new construction that changes their multipath calculations, etc. Research some of the science behind RF, it's pretty damned amazing that this stuff works at all, let alone that it's become cheap enough that we can literally carry T-3s around in our pockets for $30/mo, on a device that costs a few hundred bucks.
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WV needs to get some more attention...

It would be nice if Verizon would deploy more LTE coverage in WV and western MD, specifically around the Deep Creek, MD area... That area sees a lot of traffic in the summer and winter from folks living in the DC and Pittsburgh areas.

Every time I've spoken with someone from Verizon about this, I've been told that someone else owns the spectrum and won't play ball with Verizon. I'm assuming that the "someone else" is perhaps Dobson? Not sure why they wouldn't let Verizon piggyback on their towers; it would probably mean a decent income stream for them if they did.

gwhall007

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Re: WV needs to get some more attention...

Dobson no longer exists. AT&T bought them in 2006.
Androidian

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Re: WV needs to get some more attention...

Thanks for the info. Gotta wonder then if it's AT&T that isn't willing to deal with Verizon then. I guess it could always be US Cellular, as they seem to have a presence in that area too. Either way, I really wish that something could be negotiated for Verizon subscribers to have LTE data speeds (or at least 4G... or even 3G would be an improvement).

machpost

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Re: WV needs to get some more attention...

I agree, it's most likely US Cellular. Verizon Wireless phones will roam on US Cellular's network in western Maryland and in West Virginia, but only on 1x, even though US Cellular has deployed 4G in much of the area.
TBBroadband

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Some of Dobson is VZW- Dobson's Cellular One went to VZW well before 2006.
Eek2121

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No offense...

However, Verizon is lying. Look up 07860 to the right on their coverage map. Move around. Even though the coverage map claims that 'LTE extended coverage' exists in those areas, I can assure you, they haven't rolled out LTE anywhere near here.

It's a paper launch and nothing more. Just like AT&T and Sprint. The only reason why DSLReports is rooting for Verizon so hard is that they rolled out fiber when everyone else refused to.

No offense Karl, I have the utmost respect for you, but Verizon isn't doing shit, as always. T-Mobile is (ironically) the only company with multi megabit coverage where I live. AT&T is on edge, sprint is on 1.5g, and Verizon has 1 bar of 3g (I live a bit east of that 07860 pt, near glenn terrace.)

I itch for the day they claim 100% coverage (or even 99%) so i can sue their sorry asses for false advertising.
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Crookshanks

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Re: No offense...

I'm in the Wilkes Barre area and the maps here are spot on. During my commute, my phone transitions from LTE to EVDO at nearly the exact spot predicted by the map.

I've come across a few 4G dead zones, but they are all indoors, and usually I have very weak 1x/3G service in those same locations, so it's hard to fault Verizon for them. They can't control building materials after all...
kalanic00

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Anchorage, AK

Still waiting....

...here in Alaska.