Verizon Takes Next Step in Alaska Journey
Activates All-New Wireless 4G LTE Network for Data
ANCHORAGE, AK - With a pledge to deliver the most reliable, innovative, high-quality wireless data service to Alaskans, Verizon Wireless today announces the June 7th activation of its 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data network with broader commercial availability in July. The Verizon Alaska network covers Anchorage, Fairbanks, North Pole, Juneau, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley, including Big Lake, Wasilla, Palmer, and Chugiak. The company’s inaugural coverage reaches the majority of Alaska residents, and Verizon’s industry-leading 4G LTE network will continue to expand in the state as new cell sites and new rural partners come online in the next several months.
During this initial phase, Verizon will offer data service only via its 4G LTE network while continuing to carry voice traffic on the networks of its Alaskan roaming partners. Verizon is activating the first large-scale, all 4G LTE network in the U.S. and will begin offering new, high-definition voice services on that network starting in 2014. “Designing and building a completely new network from the ground up means we have the ability to raise Alaska’s wireless service standards,” said Verizon Alaska Vice President Demian Voiles. “For example, we place generators in the vast majority of our cell sites, so you’re more likely to stay connected when commercial power is interrupted.”
Verizon was the first wireless company in the world to deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network. With more 4G LTE coverage than any other U.S. carrier, the new network now covers 95% of Verizon’s 3G network footprint. Alaska wireless consumers will benefit from joining the network with largest 4G LTE footprint, consistent national pricing and award-winning reliable customer service.
Beginning July 1st, Alaskans can purchase tablet computers, jetpacks for mobile Internet, plus routers and other 4G LTE-capable devices. Verizon is opening sales channels for Alaskan businesses, government agencies and non-profits, while consumers can begin purchasing 4G LTE-capable devices at recognized retailers.
In the coming months, Verizon’s 4G LTE data coverage map will expand to include areas operated by MTA Communications, Copper Valley Wireless and Ketchikan Public Utilities. These organizations have joined Verizon’s 4G LTE in Rural America program; benefitting from the company’s experience with the latest technology and leveraging local Alaskan wireless infrastructure. Alaskans can also anticipate a smoother wireless experience traveling internationally using 4G LTE beginning in 2014. Verizon will announce new international 4G LTE roaming agreements in the near future.
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