TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — March 22, 2011 10:01am --
The nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) wireless network will be available to customers in the core areas of Tallahassee in 2011, Verizon Wireless announced today.
Tallahassee will join Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, as well as along Duval Street in Key West and the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, which have had Verizon Wireless 4G LTE services since the beginning of this year.
Other Florida markets scheduled to launch 4G LTE by the end of 2011 include Gainesville, Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bradenton, Sarasota and Pensacola. Verizon Wireless expects to complete its 4G LTE wireless network throughout Florida and across the country by 2013.
4G LTE provides wireless consumers access to services up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE technology also will improve coverage strength inside buildings, as it runs on a powerful 700 megahertz wireless frequency.
“Florida customers already have a lot of wireless power in their hands with 4G LTE, and this announced expansion in Tallahassee will add to that,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. “We’re proud to bring this superior technology to wireless customers in our state’s capital city and to more areas across the state.”