Verizon firmed up its previously announced plans for the world's first large-scale deployment of a 4G LTE wireless services with the announcement that these advanced services, which are capable of delivering high quality video, will be available by year end in 38 markets, where more than 110 million American live.
4G LTE, or Long Term Evolution, networks are the most advanced wireless networks currently available, and Verizon expects that its network will offer average data rates that are much faster than existing networks, with 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) speeds for downloads-fast enough for HD video--and 2 to 5 Mbps for uplinks.
The deployment of a hig- speed distribution network capable of delivering very high-quality television programming, movies, news and other content will provide a major boost for programmers and content providers that want to expand the distribution of their content to mobile devices. But it will also create more competition for cable operators.
The 38 markets for the initial round of 4G LTE services include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas and large sections of the Northeast corridor.