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PITTSBURGH– Verizon announced today that it is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Pittsburgh.  The initial availability of a 4G LTE wireless network is part of the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year.  In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas, including the Pittsburgh International Airport plus airports in other key cities.

“How significant is 4G LTE? The whole user experience is advanced–from significantly faster speeds to improved latency and increased productivity,” said Mark Frazier, president–Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. “The opportunities are limitless for how business and individual customers can push the boundaries and use these benefits to their advantage.”

4G LTE launch coverage in the greater Pittsburgh area will reach from Ellwood City in the north to Uniontown in the south and from Washington east to Latrobe. Coverage will also extend to the towns of Beaver Falls, Mt. Lebanon, Connellsville, McKeesport, Robinson Twp, Penn Hills, Greensburg and Monroeville.

Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized.  Verizon Wireless’ laser focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.

Enterprise users, businesses and individuals can immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network this year. While Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network promises much more than speed, the first application gives employees the ability to work at significantly faster speeds and improved latency, increasing productivity and the opportunity to get work done wherever their business takes them.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE rollout positions the company to be the global leader in 4G LTE deployment.  Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.  These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.

By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage.  The company is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure.

From the CTIA Enterprise & Applications conference in San Francisco, Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, today discussed the initial national launch and highlighted metropolitan areas that would first get the 4G LTE wireless network, including:

    • Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC, as well as Rochester, New York
    • Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth

· Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh, and major cities in Ohio

· Major population centers in California, as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas

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