Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the largest in the country, and it’s still growing. Today Verizon Wireless announced it’s next-generation wireless network is now in two more cities in Georgia.
Verizon users in Columbus and Rome, Georgia will have access to the carrier’s 4G LTE network “in the coming weeks.” While the Columbus network will only blanket the downtown and residential areas of the city, the Rome network will cover a larger area. In Rome, Georgia Verizon will actually cover two counties (Floyd and Polk), which includes Rome, Armuchee, Cave Springs, and other areas.
With the new network rollout Verizon users in both markets can use Verizon’s latest smartphones, like the Galaxy S III, to their fullest potential. Most Verizon smartphones now feature 4G LTE, with the iPhone as the notable exception. Although there is a chance Apple’s iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE when it launches later this year.
Verizon claims its 4G LTE network is several times faster than its 3G network. The Verizon 4G LTE network boasts speeds of between 5 and 12 Mbps download and 2 to 5 Mbps upload. That’s not as fast as many home and work Internet connections, but still much faster than a 3G network.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network currently covers about two-thirds of Americans in 304 markets across the country. As we get ready for a possible iPhone 5 with 4G LTE and new Windows Phone devices that network is increasingly important.
The iPhone 5 in particular could bring Verizon a lot of new 4G LTE customers if AT&T’s rollout continues slowly. Sprint’s 4G LTE network will rollout this month, though we don’t know how when the carrier will expand it to other cities.