US telecoms carrier Verizon Wireless will include 46 cities in the country as part of its 4G LTE network expansion, bringing its total to 304 markets.
The carrier started to deploy LTE back in 2010. Amid the increase in locations, Verizon is pushing coverage within existing markets, and said it will expand LTE in 22 markets where it is already available.
The 46 new markets that will go live today include: Florence, Ala.; Harrison, Ark.; Yuba City/Marysville, Calif.; Panama City, Fla.; Carrolton, Gainesville and Newnan, Ga.; Blackfoot, Idaho; Decatur/Effingham, Kankakee/Bradley-Bourbonnais and La Salle/Peru/Ottawa, Ill.; Columbus and Michigan City/La Porte, Ind.; GreaterPortland, Maine; Greenville/Greenwood, Jackson and Tunica, Miss.; Houghton and Traverse City, Mich.; Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks and West Plains, Mo.; Binghamton, Elmira/Corning/Hornell and Oneonta, N.Y.; Burlington, Hickory/Lenoir, Jacksonville and New Bern, N.C.; Bedford and Sharon/Farrell/Hermitage, Pa.; Anderson, Florence and Greenwood, S.C.; Lufkin/Nacogdoches, Midland, San Angelo and Waco, Texas; Danville, Va.; Ashland, Ky./Huntington, W.Va. and Logan, W.Va.; Fond du Lac, Janesville/Beloit and Sheboygan, Wis.; and Gillette, Wyo. The Lihue, Hawaii market launched June 11.
Verizon touted that it brings 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps LTE downlinks on average and between 2 Mbps and 5 Mbps for uplinks.
AT&T, the second-largest US telecoms carrier after Verizon, is currently in 4G LTE deployment as well, whereas Sprint intends to begin its own this summer.
The Samsung Galaxy S III, Motorola Droid Incredible 4G LTE and 24 other LTE smartphones, tablets and dongles will be available on Verizon for use in its faster network connection.
Last week, customers vented frustrations against the largest telecoms carrier in the US for its Verizon Share Everything plans that will start on June 28.
Current subscribers have no need to move away from existing nationwide plans, while new customers have to.
The plans set monthly rates on several wireless devices, which include a $40 fee for smartphone and an additional data cost per month for sharing the Internet connection across 10 devices. However, texts and voice calls will be free of charge.