U.S. LTE Networks Expand Rapidly

Verizon LTE network now covers 304 markets in the United States, about 2/3rd of the population. Verizon Wireless added 46 new markets this week and improved coverage in 22 existing regions. By the end of 2012 Verizon expects their LTE network will cover 260 million people in more than 400 markets. Here’s a full list of LTE markets.

Verizon says 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network.

“Our aggressive 4G LTE network build-out is on track, providing our customers with the largest 4G LTE network in the United States – and the world – today, said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. We will continue to expand and strengthen our 4G LTE network and plan to offer full nationwide coverage everywhere we have 3G coverage today, by the end of 2013.”

The four national US operators offering or announcing LTE service include

This year, more than half of all mobile phones sold will be smartphones.

See Dailywireless: U.S. Cellular Goes LTE, T-Mobile & Leap Wireless Do Spectrum Swap, C-Spire Goes LTE, AT&T Competitors: No 700MHz Roaming, Verizon-Cable Deal: Too Cozy?, Tim Cook: Apple Won’t Buy Spectrum, Dish to FCC: More Time for MSS Terrestrial Buildout

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