Verizon set to launch 4G LTE network in Auburn area
Apr 07, 2012 (Opelika-Auburn News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
That's how Verizon Wireless spokesperson Chuck Hamby described the new 4G Long Term Evolution network set to go live in the Auburn-Opelika area and Tuscaloosa later this month.
"We've been working on this thing for months," Hamby said Friday. "This is not upgrading our existing network. This is laying a completely new network alongside our 3G network."
Hamby said Verizon is currently testing its 4G network in the area ahead of announcing the April date when it will be turned on.
The No. 1 improvement residents in the area will notice is network mobile speeds as fast as 12 megabytes per second, Hamby said. Hamby predicted the 4G LTE network will allow companies that use the technology to operate more efficiently and serve more customers.
Auburn-Opelika and Tuscaloosa will join Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan and Enterprise as cities where Verizon has launched its 4G LTE networks during the past 16 months.
In 2011, Verizon invested more than $120 million in Alabama in new and existing cell towers in more than 320 cities and towns, including 22 new cell sites in 18 cities, not counting 4G LTE work, Hamby said. To date, the mobile network operator has invested more than $800 million in Alabama since 2000, he said.
"By the end of 2013, our entire 3G footprint will have a 4G network right alongside it," Hamby said.
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