When Verizon Wireless first launched its 4G LTE network back in December 2010, some might have wondered if it would have been a huge success to the point where it would expand beyond the barrier of urban locations in the United States. Sure enough, it is now the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, covering a total of 400 networks and reaching over 250 million users. It is continually expanding to rural and suburban locations like Syracuse, Canastota, Constantia, Jamesville, Mattydale, Oswego, and Parish. Not to mention, it’s working to launch more 4G sites in Northern Iowa as well.
Although it’s incredibly successful in expanding 4G LTE Networks, Verizon is not the only one. AT&T also has a large 4G LTE network, covering more than 200 million users. It has recently expanded its 4G networks to customers in Oregon, upgrading more than a dozen mobile Internet cell sites in Beaverton, Milwaukie, Portland, Ridgefield, Tigard, and Tualatin and catching up to Verizon. In addition, AT&T has provided more variety within their 4G LTE network, offering several devices compatible with 4G LTE including the Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola ATRIX, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the ASUS VivoTab RT.
Although it’s lagging behind in this race, Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the nation, has decided to upgrade it’s game, expanding its 4G LTE footprint to areas such as Harrisburg, Pa., South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind., Muncie, Ind., Peabody, Mass., and Salina, Kan. The company plans on spreading LTE coverage nationwide by the end of 2013, encompassing more than 250 million customers with 22,000 cell sites. Part of Sprint’s plan is Network Vision, which plans to combine 3G and 4G technologies into one network, allowing the reduction of cell sites as well as the elimination of dual networks, backhaul efficiencies, reduced churn, and energy cost savings.
Other cellular companies like U.S. Cellular have expanded their LTE networks to over 30 markets and locations including Rockford, Ill., Medford, Ore., Yakima, Wash., and Knoxville, Tenn. The Samsung Galaxy Axiom has recently arrived on U.S. Cellular with 4G LTE. Cricket has also brought 4G LTE to Las Vegas.
Although cellular companies have yet to cover all of the United States, one thing’s for sure, they’re putting emphasis on the word “coverage.”