Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile carrier in the U.S., and it is the only carrier which is providing 4G LTE services in the most markets. Only a few markets remain that need to be connected to its 4G LTE network, the carrier said today, adding that it has reached the 500 markets milestone by connecting Parkersburg, West Virginia to the network.
Even though Verizon has the largest network, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is considered to offer greater speeds, but it only covers 291 markets as of now. Also, with the roll out virtually complete, Verizon can now focus its energies towards further improving its network. Voice may be moved over to the LTE network and Verizon may very well start working on deploying LTE-Advanced technology, which theoretically offers double speed when compared to conventional 4G LTE. 57 percent of Verizon’s total data traffic is currently carried by its LTE network, and the carrier believes that this figure will grow six or seven times over in the next couple of years. The other two U.S. carriers T-Mobile and Sprint, have their LTE networks in place but cover only a few markets.