--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verizon Wireless:
WHAT: Verizon Wireless recently enhanced fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage in Becket, Massachusetts. 4G LTE empowers Verizon Wireless customers with compatible devices to surf the Web, post status updates and photos, and download files wirelessly at speeds up to 10 times faster than customers on 3G networks.
WHERE: Verizon Wireless first debuted its 4G LTE network in Greater Springfield in July 2011, and expanded again throughout Western Massachusetts in December 2012. Recently, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network further expanded along Routes 8 and 20 in Becket.
BACKGROUND: “4G LTE is changing the way customers interact with the world via next generation apps, devices and solutions,” commented Dave MacBeth, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless. “By investing in wireless broadband, we’re investing in local communities and economies where our customers live, work and play.”
Verizon Wireless completed $245 million in wireless network enhancements across New England in 2013, increasing the company's regional network investment to $3.6 billion since its inception in 2000. Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network, which is twice the size geographically of any other 4G LTE network in the U.S. Available to nearly 305 million people in more than 500 markets across the country, the Verizon Wireless network covers more than 97 percent of the U.S. population. To see 4G LTE coverage across the country and locally please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
Verizon Wireless ranked highest among all other national wireless providers in New England states Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, in the J.D. Power 2014 Wireless Network Quality Study℠, Volume 1, issued March 6, 2014. This is the 19th consecutive reporting period that Verizon Wireless ranks highest in the Northeast region.
The growth of the 4G LTE network has fostered development of new and innovative solutions as diverse as LTE-connected cars and remote medical diagnostic options. One solution brought to market is the Verizon 4G LTE Router, which can support wired and Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously, allowing users to take it on vacation or business travel to stay connected.
The company also offers a full line of ‘smart accessories’ across the categories of health and fitness, lifestyle and toys that leverage its leading portfolio of mobile devices and networks. For a full list of smart accessories please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/smartaccessories.
About Verizon Wireless
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