This morning, Verizon announced that with the activation of Parkersburg, West Virginia as a 4G LTE market, they have reached 500 markets in total. But more importantly, their initial build-out of 4G LTE in “substantially complete” and now matches up to more than 99% of their 3G network. In terms of people, Big Red serves LTE speeds to 298 million people across the country, which is about 95% of the U.S. population. They are indeed the leader in 4G LTE coverage.
The initial goal was to reach this state by the end of 2013, but early in the year Verizon adjusted plans after realizing they were months ahead of schedule. We’re now at the end of June and the initial workload is complete – I guess that means it’s time for VoLTE?
For reference, AT&T has now reached 315 LTE markets as of yesterday.