Verizon Wireless activated its 4G LTE network in five new cities on Thursday and noted that it now offers 4G LTE service in 491 markets. The new locations include El Centro, California; Fort Dodge, Iowa; Middlesboro/Harlan and Paducah, Kentucky and East Liverpool, Ohio.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network blankets 287 million people in the United States and the carrier says it now offers LTE in 95 percent of the areas where it also offers 3G service. It says it’s on track to deliver 4G LTE to every 3G market by the middle of this year. Verizon also noted that 40 percent of the smartphones on its network now have 4G LTE capabilities and that 54 percent of all data traffic is on its LTE network.