The following is an email from Alice Engle our Verizon wireless Rep.
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Verizon Wireless announced today that the company is launching the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Bloomington/Normal, Champaign/Urbana and Springfield, Ill., on Sept. 15. Already, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is available in 117 cities across the United States, covering more than 160 million Americans or half the U.S. population. With the new market launches, residents with 4G LTE devices in these areas will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. Verizon 4G LTE smartphones are twice as fast as any AT&T smartphone.
“We are proud to help lead customers across the Bloomington/Normal, Champaign/Urbana and Springfield areas into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said T.J. Fox, president-Illinois/Wisconsin, Verizon Wireless. “Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come.”
Residents of Bloomington/Normal, Champaign/Urbana and Springfield can choose from an array of devices on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network including:
* Smartphones: Revolution(tm) by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt(tm) by HTC
* Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab(tm) 10.1 with 4G LTE
* Notebooks and Netbooks: HP(r) Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC and Compaq(tm) Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE
* Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi(tm) 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
* Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L and Pantech UML290 USB Modem
Details on all of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and in just eight months expanded to cover more than half the U.S. population. The company plans to continue rapidly expanding its 4G LTE network and is on course to cover more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011 and its entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.
As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized, and in less than eight months since launch, has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
Additional communities within the Bloomington/Normal area and surrounding suburbs to be covered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network include:
* Bloomington Heights
Additional communities within the Champaign/Urbana area and surrounding suburbs to be covered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network include:
* Lake of the Woods
* Sloan Station
* Wilbur Heights
Additional communities within the Springfield area and surrounding suburbs to be covered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network include:
* Clear Lake
* Devereux Heights
* Piper Glen
* Riddle Hill
I’m still trying to determine the coverage boundaries and will provide additional details as soon as I can. I’ve used 4G service in Chicago, St. Louis and Florida on my Thunderbolt and Pantech modem. It’s unbelievably fast, faster than my Comcast service at home.
More info to come. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Alice Engle | Verizon Wireless
Government Accounts Manager