Verizon Wireless announced today it is turning on the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE Network in Clarksville, Tenn. on Thursday, April 21, 2011.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network is the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.
The deployment of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE in Clarksville, Tenn. provides LTE coverage to surrounding areas including Fort Campbell, St. Bethlehem and New Providence, as well as Oak Grove, Ky., and Hopkinsville, Ky.
4G LTE provides wireless consumers access to services up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE technology also will improve coverage strength inside buildings, as it runs on a powerful 700 megahertz wireless frequency.
“Verizon Wireless is making the best network even better,” said Jerry Fountain, the president of the Carolinas/Tennesee Region for Verizon Wireless. “Our initial 4G LTE launch gives customers access to the fastest and most advanced mobile network in America. We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 we will cover the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area. The activation of our lightning fast 4G LTE network in Clarksville is further evidence of our commitment to and investment in the residents of this area.”
4G LTE Mobile Broadband Data Plans and Devices
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from two 4G LTE Mobile Broadband data plans: $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance or $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance, both with $10/GB overage. For laptop connectivity, two 4G LTE USB modems are currently available: the LG VL600 and the Pantech UML290, each $99.99 after $50 rebate with a new two-year agreement. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network.