Verizon's 4G LTE network making debut across O'ahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)

Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that it is bringing the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Honolulu on July 21.

Residents in districts all over O'ahu, such as Honolulu, Waikiki, Hawaii Kai, Aiea, Pearl City, Waipahu, Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Mililani, Waipio, Kaneohe, Kailua, Waialua, and Haleiwa with 4G LTE smart phones, laptop modems and hotspots will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company's 3G network. 

"We are proud to help lead the island of Oahu into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community," said Kevin Zavaglia, region president for Verizon Wireless.  "Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come."    

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  

Verizon Wireless began introducing the globe's first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage, currently offering service in 74 metropolitan areas. 

The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.      

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