PLATTSBURGH — Verizon Wireless 4G LTE went live this week in some areas of the North Country.
“We had a bunch of sites that were ready to go,” said John O’Malley, Verizon Wireless public-relations manager for the Upstate New York region.
Several sites in the Plattsburgh and Lake Placid area were turned on by midafternoon Thursday.
“As each individual site is ready to go, we’re lighting it up.”
The sites that still need to be upgraded will go live over the next several weeks, O’Malley said.
This isn’t considered the official launch of 4G technology in the North Country because some key sites still need to be upgraded, he said.
“In the meantime, customers who are in the coverage areas of the sites that we did activate can enjoy the new technology on their 4G LTE-capable smartphones, tablets” and other devices, he said.
LTE stands for long-term evolution; 4G offers Internet browsing that is 10 times faster than 3G service, O’Malley said.
“The plan is to have our entire nationwide network substantially complete by the middle of this summer.”
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Verizon received approval from the Adirondack Park Agency to update its equipment.
“It includes adding new antennas, new radios, some new software within the cell sites,” said O’Malley.
There is no difference in the appearance of 3G and 4G cell sites, he noted.
The faster speeds will be good for Verizon business customers, locals and tourists, he said.
“It’s a really noticeable difference (in speed),” O’Malley said. “If you’re in an area that doesn’t have access to broadband Internet via landline ... but you’re within the 4G LTE coverage area, now you’ll have those speeds without having to plug into the wall.
“It gives business customers and consumers a much faster, more powerful, more robust web-browsing or wireless-data experience,” he said.
Businesses with Verizon service will be able to send and receive large files over the wireless network much faster, he said.
And agencies that use wireless Internet for actions like recording video-surveillance footage will benefit greatly from the faster speeds, O’Malley said.
Verizon Wireless first started offering 4G service in December 2010.
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