August 16, 2013

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service expands

PLATTSBURGH — Verizon Wireless has announced the official launch of its 4G LTE network in the greater Plattsburgh area.

That includes along the Intertstate 87 corridor north to exit 40 and south to just before exit 35.

John O’Malley, Verizon Wireless public-relations manager for the Upstate New York region, said the company started to activate some 4G LTE sites in June. They now have almost all of the sites in the greater Plattsburgh area in service.

“4G LTE is where the industry is headed,” he said.

O’Malley said the newest versions of devices such as smartphones, tablets and wireless modems are 4G LTE compatible. It allows access to data transmission and reception at speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G networks for a more robust wireless experience. 

Countless new applications in development will also benefit from the faster speeds, he said.

The company had to convert the cell sites to accommodate the new service. That included new hardware, antennas, radios and software, as well as approval of the respective landlords or regulatory agencies.

Verizon Wireless will continue to expand its 4G LTE network, O’Malley said. Any place that is currently in the Verizon wireless service area will eventually have access to 4G LTE service.

“What you see today is just the beginning of what our 4G LTE service will be up there (in the North Country),” he said. “It’s going to be an ongoing process over the next several months.”

Verizon first started to offer the service in December 2010. It has activated more than 370 sites across Upstate New York in 2013 and now has more than 1,140 sites on the air in that region.

Nationwide, the service is available to more than 298 million people in 500 markets and covers more than 99 percent of its 3G network. 

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