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- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
In an interview yesterday, Verizon revealed that 4G LTE now accounts for more than 50% of all their data traffic. This is a significant jump from October of last year when it accounted for about 35%. Here's a quote with some additional info,
The increase in data traffic on Verizon's LTE network comes as little surprise. Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam this week announced that 23 percent of Verizon's customer base used LTE phones at the end of the fourth quarter, up from 16 percent at the end of the third quarter. McAdam also said that fully 85 percent of Verizon's postpaid net adds in the fourth quarter purchased LTE smartphones.
"We are very pleased with the performance of the (LTE) network," said Mike Haberman, vice president of network engineering for Verizon Wireless, in an interview with FierceWireless here at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
Haberman noted that Verizon now covers 273.5 million POPs with LTE, or roughly 89 percent of its U.S. footprint. He also said the network's reliability--the ability for customers to establish an LTE connection--is roughly the same as Verizon's CDMA EV-DO network, though he declined to provide specific statistics.
While Big Red often gives us cause to be irritated with them, it is hard to deny they have the best network, and they continue to expand it at a rapid pace.