Verizon reveals 38 U.S. cities that will get 4G LTE by end of 2010

After months of anticipation, on Wednesday Verizon officially revealed the U.S. metro areas that will get 4G LTE access by the end of 2010. See the list of the lucky cities, and a little surprise as well.

After months of anticipation, on Wednesday Verizon officially revealed the U.S. metro areas that will get 4G LTE access by the end of 2010. And, in a surprise move, the company also announced that it will light up LTE in 60 airports as well, including many that are not part of the initial coverage areas.

Verizon president Lowell McAdam said, "We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area."

McAdam said that the 4G rollout will reach 110 million Americans at launch and that Verizon expects to blanket the entire country with 4G by 2013.

The 4G network will offer a major upgrade from current 3G networks by increasing real world download speeds to 5-12 Mbps and uploads to 2-5 Mbps, according to Verizon. The current 3G networks tend to average about 1.5-2.0 Mbps downloads and 500 Kbps - 1 Mbps uploads. The 4G network will also have better initial response time and will do a better job of penetrating walls and buildings.

Keep in mind that none of today's Verizon smartphones are equipped with 4G LTE radio chips so they will not be able to take advantage of all that extra speed. Verizon will start by selling 4G modems, dongles, and mobile hotspots that people can use to connect existing devices via USB (or Wi-Fi using a mobile hotspot). Next year the company will start selling devices with embedded LTE chips.

In terms of when exactly the 4G network will be available for customers to start using, McAdam said "We will give a specific date as we get a little bit closer." That makes it sound like we're probably talking about the last 4-6 weeks of the year.

Here are the lists of the lucky cities and airports:

The metro areas

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Houston, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • New York, New York
  • Oakland, California
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Rochester, New York
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Washington, D.C.
  • West Lafayette, Indiana (Purdue University is doing "a fully integrated wireless campus")
  • West Palm Beach, Florida

The airports

  • Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
  • Bob Hope, Burbank, California
  • Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
  • Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago O'Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Denver International, Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
  • John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
  • John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
  • Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
  • La Guardia, New York, New York
  • Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
  • Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
  • McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
  • Miami International, Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
  • North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
  • Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
  • Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Portland International, Portland, Oregon
  • Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
  • Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
  • Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego International, San Diego, California
  • San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
  • St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
  • Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
  • Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
  • Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
  • Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas


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The standard for placing a phone call on LTE hasn't been ratified. That's why there are no handsets.


This makes the decision to buy the iPhone4 in January even harder.


I take it Verizon's 4G won't solve the problem of maintaining a data connection when on a call.


Verizon WILL have the iPhone and Qualcomm is making the chip for the CDMA Verizon-based device from Apple - this is not disputable now. What is still, is VCast and a timeframs. Some folks indicated that Verizon wants to focus on integrity and ability to handle the expected "rush" of new comsumers and adding 4G only proves that Verizon now could potentially "kill" AT&T. They're doing everything that AT&T won't or didn't do - including not letting go of a 2nd chance at the iPhone. The best coverage provider hands down - will take a huge chunk away from Sprint/Nextel and T-Mobile - and expect to see one of these lesser providers to go away or "meld" in with Verizon or AT&T in the near future.


...although Verizon won't have it rolled out to the nation until 2013. Perhaps you'd be replacing the iPhone anyway by then. I wonder if Verizon's announcement isn't carefully orchestrated with that in mind. I like Verizon and have found they have service in most places I travel, while the competition doesn't, so I'll be sticking with them.


We won't know until it's actually deployed. But, I did hear from one Verizon engineer that in 4G they were looking at using the legacy CDMA network for voice and using LTE for data only. If that's the case, then you should be able to do data and voice simultaneously quite well.


LTE is an IP-only network, whether you're Verizon or AT&T. If you want voice and data on LTE, you have to make your voice into data, using the VoIP protocol. Verizon could provide that for 3G on any smartpphone, but they don't (well, some Apps like Skype do). So will they on LTE? Who knows. The GSM/UMTS system has a real 3G voice mode, which spares AT&T the question. But they're going to LTE next summer, and they'll have the same issue. Its not a technical problem, any 4G smartphones will have enough resources to do VoIP, insoftware on the allocations processor.


have a problem with dongle supplied laptops in this area. However, they haven't named their grand opening device yet. Surely a good smart phone could take care of that.


I have been waiting for Verizon to roll out their 4G before I upgrade my old USB 720, which is my primary access to the internet. Almost went with Clear a year ago. But they did not have the coverage, and I could not justify the cost in only one location where I travel. They will have a 4G Smart Phone before I upgrade my phone again. Then I will have to evaluate Droid VS Smart Phone. Leaning toward Droid but waiting see what works with 4G.


LTE will potentially be a nice technology, on Verizon now and AT&T maybe next summer. Both use the 700Mhz band, so they'll have fewer issues with foliage and buildings than Sprint/Clear/Comcast do with their WiMax at 2500Mhz. But the real value will be based on cost, coverage, and backhaul. If they go for a share of the stimulus funding of rural internet, I could see this for my home office, replacing satellite. But not with 5GB/month caps. And everyone should keep in mind, LTE and WiMax are only "marketing" 4th at this point. The ITU spec for 4th is a peak download of 100Mb/s mobile, 1Gb/s fixed. Neither one can provide that yet, and while next generation LTE and WiMax probably can, don't count on anyone actually offering real 4G soon. But this is progress.... even if most of us won't regularly use it for some years to come. Like EvDO but unlike UMTS, LTE is IP-only. If Verizon or AT&T want simultaneous voice and data, they'll have to offer it via VoIP. Verizon could for 3G, too... and by extension, also enable voice via Wifi (T-Mobile's starting to offer this on some smartphones). They chose not to integrate that into their EvDO network. Maybe with LTE.


Last month at the Illinois Digital Conference 2010, Verizon gave a demonstration of their 4G system where they set up the machinery in one room and had their demonstration in another room. They used a medical system prototype to demonstrate using a laptop, cell phone and a tablet to show how all three worked in concert to ensure proper medical attention reached home bound people. It was impressive and they said their system was built by an outfit in San Antonio TX that was using these devices in prototype mode. It all looked great and their speed was exceptional although it was set up more like a direct connect than actually going through cell towers and live network. If their system can sustain the kind of bandwidth they are proposing in reality, it would seem that this evolution will change the face of networks and computing in general. However, if it's like their 3G that waivers in speed and has better times and worse times when loading occurs, the change will more than likely be modest. The demo was impressive just the same.


One major consideration for me will be where this overlaps with Clear/Sprint's rollout of WiMax. Whichever reaches my home area first is likely to get my business. I suspect Verizon was thinking some of that when they announced their list. The question then becomes whether they will deliver on promised schedule, something Clear/Sprint has failed to do in several cases.


I switched to Sprint last year because of price and haven't looked back. Since I live in a smaller city about 2 hours from Phoenix, it won't even affect me for another year or so. If we get 4G here and Sprint doesn't, then it will really come down to how much of a price difference it is.

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4G is coming to Charlotte. But is Verizon going to be releasing phones in these markets to take advantage of this? Do they currently offer any 4G phones I thought all of there offerings were 3G.


One of the clear areas that AT&T failed at was providing the "backbone" necessary to keep the iPhone usable in all areas. Sprint's 4G is lame as is their WiMax -it simply sucks. Verizon (Vodaphone) is the world's largest carrier and is already implementing this technology now, which has been in place in European countries for a year or so. iPhone is also coming to Verizon - say bye-bye to Sprint and/or T-Mobile - they having nothing to offer anymore.


The article specifally mentioned that Verizon does not have any 4G phones on the market yet! They will however offer accessories to connect current 3G phones to the new 4G LTE network.

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