Share this Story

Verizon Ups 4G LTE Launch Ante, Will Hit 38 Cities by End of Year

We originally thought that Verizon would be launching 4G LTE into just 30 NFL cities to finish off 2010, but today, just minutes before their LTE conference at CTIA, they announced that the number will actually be 38 cities plus 62 airports.  The launch will start in all of the major U.S. cities you would expect such as Boston, New York, Philly, D.C., Dallas, Seattle, L.A., Chicago, and Miami, but will quickly branch out.

View the full press release and list of cities after the break.

Verizon Launches 4G LTE In 38 Major Metropolitan Areas By The End Of The Year
4G LTE Network Also in Airports in Key Cities Outside of Initial Launch Area


BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.

McAdam said, “We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.”

McAdam highlighted the metropolitan areas for the initial launch, which include:

  • Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York
  • Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee
  • Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio
  • Major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas

(A list of all metropolitan areas and airports is located at the end of the news release.)Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ laser focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.

Enterprise users, businesses and individuals can immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network this year. While Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network promises much more than speed, the first application gives employees the ability to work at significantly faster speeds and improved latency, increasing productivity and the opportunity to get work done where their business takes them.

McAdam continued, “Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will also be available in the commercial airports in the 38 metropolitan areas, plus we’re launching airports in other key cities coast to coast, giving road warriors added coverage when they travel. Every time we’ve built a next generation network, our customers have seen real benefits to their bottom lines. Taking advantage of the first large-scale LTE network on the globe gives our customers a competitive advantage.”

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE rollout positions the company to be the global leader in 4G LTE deployment. Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.

By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. The company is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure.

In addition to the 38 major metropolitan areas, Verizon Wireless is launching its 4G LTE network in West Lafayette, Ind., home of Purdue University. The public university is using several innovative software applications on Verizon Wireless’ 3G network that improve student engagement and success, and Verizon Wireless is working with Purdue to explore the next phase of how 4G LTE technology can improve e-learning across the nation.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment
Akron, Ohio
Athens, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Miami, Florida
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
Nashville, Tennessee
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Oakland, California
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Orlando, Florida
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rochester, New York
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
St. Louis, Missouri
Tampa, Florida
Washington, D.C.
West Lafayette, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State)
Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Bob Hope, Burbank, California
Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
Denver International, Denver, Colorado
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
La Guardia, New York, New York
Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
Miami International, Miami, Florida
Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina
Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
Portland International, Portland, Oregon
Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
San Diego International, San Diego, California
San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 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.

  • Anonymous

    dwarf talent in lansing michigan loving their droid X with 3G service. no worry of “metered” 4G service for right now!

  • Brnsktingdieskting18


  • Brnsktingdieskting18


  • DMO

    We realize Indianapolis isn't as large as Chicago but it is the 14th largest city in America so you'd think it would be among the top 38 cities at launch.



  • Joey Sanfilippo

    Will the droid 2 be compatible with 4g or will you have to buy a whole new device

  • Duroe1

    If 4G comes out in December in those select cities. How are people going to utilize those new speeds if VZW has not sold any 4g phones???

  • But I agree…where are the phones? {{-_-}}

  • LA's on the list! {{^_^}}

  • Evermour

    That's all dandy but what phones can so this whole 4G thing?

  • mathees

    i feel bad for the dakotas

  • WOAH WOAH WOAH… The Jets/Giants play in Jersey…so is it NEW YORK CITY only or the NYC metro area?

  • 😀 Miami FTW

  • good thing the already too expensive verizon is getting more expensive, sorry, I meant faster, wait.. no…

  • NFL cities huh? I don't see Green Bay on this list anywhere. How am I supposed to get my 4G fix?

    • Br_d

      Or Indy, or Detroit, or Buffalo, or KC.

      • GNO

        I think you need to win at least 3 games a year to be considered for the upgrade, which explains why Detroit is out.

  • ericsorensen

    Long wait for Shreveport, Lousiana I bet. I wonder who will make it to the 100+ markets first – Sprint or Verizon?

  • otter34

    F'ing great. I look at the map and see a Detroit Lions logo so I thought that meant we will get it. Of course I'm not IN Detroit, but still. Damn

  • Houston ftw!

  • Hanneman101101

    Ok, Why do I not see Indianapolis or IIA (Indianapolis International Airport) on the list. Come on, We have one of the top NFL teams and a major hub for International flights and you are just going to snub us out?

    • Br_d

      The Indy airport code is IND, and it's not a hub for any major airline. But it is an NFL city, so WTF, VZW?

    • mathees

      yes, im sure the most important thing they focused on was how good the NFL team is…

    • Keithsmnr

      No offense dude but Indianapolis is pretty quiet compared to many of the other major cities, like Chicago.

  • EC8CH

    Imagine my surprise when I noticed Fargo was not on the list 😛

  • RoadsterHD1

    LA yes, now what phones do LTE???????

  • San Antonio? But not fully in Austin?! Really?! C'mon!

  • Ryanbush

    Boiler Up!

  • GreenMeansGo

    New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina

    Don't get your hopes up, Carolinians – this one was meant to say Wilmington, Delaware.

  • Michael_NM

    Great news for the home of the Hawks, bad news for my home. 🙁

  • tjpeco

    I wish this news wasn't coupled with the fact that the i*hone is coming to VZ per the WSJ.

    Spells doom and unmitigated failure for the droid line if the i*hone is coming to big red.

    • Michael_NM

      Bring on fapple! Even on VZ, it will still be an iPhon't. The only folks who should be worried by this news are the folks at AT&T.

    • maax

      I definitely feel you. Many people are just buying Android phones because their carrier isn't AT&T. If the iPhone does indeed hit VZW, it will basically banish Android to a second-tier platform for mainstream consumers. I don't like it as much as the next Android fan, but that's reality (or at least my prediction).

    • jak341

      As a Droid user and comparing it to the iPhone, the iPhone is much more polished and smooth. It just works. I do think Android will die a slow death when (not if, when) the iPhone hits VZW.

      • Steve Jobs

        Nice way to troll

        • jak341

          Not trolling. Stating my opinion. VZW has no loyalty to Android. The iPhone will bring tons of AT&T people to VZW. App!e will sell more phones as well. The only ones that don't want this are AT&T and Google. AT&T may plunk down a large fee to keep them exclusive. Google may pay VZW the same to keep Android. It all comes down to $$$. VZW is the true winner here.

        • jak341

          I guess I didn't address you though. The iOS is smoother and more polished. Android is more powerful. It's personal preference. Simplicity and smoothness vs. more power/more quarks. In a former life, I would have picked more power/more quarks. Now I just want things to work without thinking about them: smartphone, computer, cable internet, etc.

          • The350zWolf

            A quark is a subatomic elementary fermion particle that is a fundamental constituent of matter.

      • dude RIM still sells more Blackberries than the iPhone.

  • Sarcastic great. I am once again 30 minutes away from coverage, just like Sprint's 4G

  • FortitudineVincimus

    can people in Oakland afford LTE devices and cell service?

    finally having the Chargers around might do me some good

    • JagoX

      Wow…I hope that's a joke

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    Haha… no Buffalo. That about sums up the past decade for the Bills… but to see Rochester is surprising, and notably their airport. Buffalo Niagara International has a big gate, Canadians fly out of there to US destinations to avoid international flight taxes. Really busy airport… Rochester…. not so much.

  • Lmi500

    Boo! I know the Lions suck, but where's the love for Detroit?!

    • The350zWolf

      Amazing, not to include the motorcity!!!! I guess that the big 3 are to blame, perhaps punishment to GM, Ford and Chrysler for not making good cars.

      kidding aside, it seems that VZW does not see Detroit as an important market. Like it was said before it really sucks. :^(

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        At the conference, Detroit and Buffalo are not included on the list currently because of issues with cross-border interference into Canada… expected to be resolved shortly.

        • Anonymous

          What about Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Green Bay/Milwaukee then?

        • The350zWolf

          well if that logic applies, then why San Diego and San Antonio are on the list?

          • Bullet Tooth Tony

            ??? What logic are you using? Neither city you mentioned are border cities…. for one, San Antonio is 150 miles away from the Mexican border… and B, [sic] San Diego is 15 miles away . Detroit and Buffalo are literally ON the border of Canada, and are separated by bridges…. the Ambassador Bridge (7500 feet) in Detroit and Peace Bridge (5800 feet) in Buffalo. There’s a little bit of a bigger issue in coordinating sites to transmit when you are a few feet away versus several miles…

          • The350zWolf

            which brings back the question about what will the coverage radius be. You are right about San Antonio, but in San Diego I’ve been about 10 miles from the border on the Chula Vista-Otay hills (city of San Diego) and I’ve been charged with roaming in Mexico. Had to call Verizon to remove the charge.

          • Bullet Tooth Tony

            That’s just the thing though. Canada is leaning towards 700 mhz LTE… Mexico has made no noise. If these were TV signals, they’d just use different channels. So with Buffalo and Detroit being so close, tower placement is an issue… or they’re going to have to figure out a way to identify which towers are which and do a roaming agreement on those specific ones that may be hit from nearby distances to avoid the roaming. I’d wager both can be done, it’s just why they need to agree upon it. Buffalo in particular… Niagara Falls is right there, and both are going to want to capitalize on tourists international roaming.

          • The350zWolf

            Yes I suppose you are right on this. I agree that Buffalo is a completely different ball of wax

          • JTE

            because they are significantly farther away from Canada? 😛

          • The350zWolf


  • durangojim

    If the Lions were better, would they actually count as an NFL and would Detroit be on the list? I really hope that VZW forgot to add the Detroit metro area to the list, and that we'll be included in the initial roll out. If not, that really sucks.

    • justice060

      Ha Ha

  • Looks like I might have to sell my droid X!

  • socalrailroader

    They should also deploy this at major Rail Stations as well, like L.A. Union Station, Penn Station, Chicago Union Station, the top three busiest Amtrak Station's in the country, Grand Central Terminal would be another VERY busy one they should deploy in.

  • I love how they specifically pointed out Rochester, NY (my home town). Great news from Verizon …glad to see New York City will have LTE soon.

  • maax

    Great now how about the list of LTE devices?

    • that’s my question too. one announcement says 38 cities by the end of the year, but another one says devices will be out by q2 2011. service without a way to use it is pretty useless.

      • Anonymous

        id rather them be 100% positive there are no kinks

  • Egut125

    Woo Rochester NY!

  • How large of a range does a city covered by 4G reach? Does 4G only exist in the city limits or does it cover a larger suburban area? I live about 30 miles away from Pittsburgh, I'm guessing 4G speeds won't be reaching me anytime soon.

    • NKTizzle

      Check the slides from Engadget. VZW was showing a coverage map.

      • Bullet Tooth Tony

        That's available right on Verizon's website…. but it isn't a coverage map…. it's their 3G map with launch cities Dotted out and named…

        • The350zWolf

          Yes, indeed. I noticed that Oakland is covered but no mention of providing LTE at Oakland International Airport and the airport is right next (almost) to the Oakland Coliseum.

          • ilikebikes

            Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California

          • The350zWolf

            Yes, there it is. I lived in the bay area for about 10 years and never heard it referred as Metropolitan Oakland International. Well, happy to see it on the list.

  • socalrailroader

    So cloes yet so far, I live 120 miles northwest of San Francisco in Redwood Valley (Mendocino County), well, I gues we'll see it someday.

  • tbaybe

    Columbus OH

  • First!! Love these LTE updates. Now if they would tell us when they will be turned on!