ST JOSEPH — Verizon Wireless announced it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution network to more of southwest Michigan, including Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, the lakeshore and surrounding areas on Thursday, May 17. The 4G LTE network offers data speeds up to 10 times faster than the previous 3G network.
When Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network, customers who live in, or visit, areas including Benton Harbor, Benton Heights, Coloma Charter Township, Fair Plain, Lake Michigan Beach, Paw Paw Lake, Shoreham, St. Joseph and Watervliet will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network.
“People across Michigan are increasingly relying on tablets, smartphones and apps to stay organized, connected and entertained,” said John Granby, president of the Michigan-Indiana-Kentucky region for Verizon Wireless. “Our investment in Michigan has kept us ahead of these consumer trends and underscores our belief that 4G LTE delivers the best value to customers by maximizing the performance of their wireless devices.”
Residents in the newly expanded 4G LTE coverage area will have access to HomeFusion Broadband, a new in-home, high-speed Internet service for consumers who want residential broadband with reliable data connectivity. Verizon Wireless’ high-speed 4G LTE network is delivered to a cylinder-shaped antenna which transmits the signal to an in-home broadband router. The antenna is professionally installed outside a customer’s residence and is equal in size to a five-gallon paint bucket. The device delivers Verizon’s 4G LTE signal to the broadband router and allows the customer to connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices in the household. HomeFusion launches today nationally wherever Verizon’s 4G LTE network is available.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 230 markets across the country and offers more than six times the geographic coverage of its nearest competitor’s 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless customers looking to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network can choose from a variety of 4G LTE devices, including tablets, smartphones, hotspots and more.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.