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Verizon brings 4G to Austin area

Verizon Wireless has brought its 4G network to the Austin and Albert Lea, as well as to Rochester, allowing faster cellphone service.

The service called Verizon Wireless 4G Long Term Evolution network started on Thursday in the area, along with 10 other markets, Verizon said in a news release.

The term 4G refers to the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards, following the 3G and 2G standards.

"Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the web and download files up to 10 times faster than before," Verizon says.

Verizon says in Austin, its 4G LTE coverage extends north and south on U.S. 218 for two miles in each direction, and east on Interstate 90 to exit 183.

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In Albert Lea, it extends west on Interstate 90 to Minnesota Highway 13; north from the Interstate 35/I-90 intersection for three miles; and south from the I-35/I-90 intersection to the I-35/U.S. 65 intersection.

In Rochester, it's available:

 

* North along U.S. 63 and U.S. 52 to the Olmsted County line.

* Southwest on Interstate 90 and south on U.S. 63 to the Olmsted County line.

* Southeast on U.S. 52 to the intersection of Olmsted County Road 7.

* East on Interstate 90 to the Olmsted County line.

* West on U.S. 14 to Byron.

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St. Cloud and Duluth also are getting 4G service in this wave, and Minneapolis-St. Paul got it a year ago, when the nation's first 38 markets got it, said Seamus Hyland, president of the Great Plains region for Verizon Wireless.

"We plan to bring coverage to our entire 3G footprint with our 4G LTE network by the end of 2013." Hyland said.

Verizon's 4G LTE network is now in 190 markets, including the 11 added Thursday.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of five to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and two to five Mbps on the uplink. When traveling outside of 4G coverage, the 4G devices automatically connect to 3G network.

Verizon serves 107.7 million wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers.

 

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