5-17-2011Verizon expands 4G LTE network in Chicago area
Verizon Wireless said it has expanded its local 4G network and will launch new service areas Thursday.
The carrier introduced 4G in Chicago in December, with the coverage area stretching east to Lake Michigan, south to Tinley Park and west to Lake Zurich. On Thursday, customers as far east as Portage, Ind. and as far south as Peotone will be able to access the more powerful network. On the western side, Verizon's 4G coverage extends to North Aurora and Geneva. Customers on the Illinois and Wisconsin state line are also included.
Verizon said it has four new cell sites in Chicago: around the intersection of Wacker Drive and Clark Street, around the Gleacher Center, around Grant Park and around Irving Park Road between Sheridan Road and Lake Shore Drive. The carrier said it has enhanced coverage in a one-block radius around the Randolph/Wabash Brown Line CTA station and between West Armitage Avenue and West Eugene Street. These new cell sites and upgrades should improve voice and data connectivity, the company said.
When customers are outside of the 4G network, their devices connect to Verizon's nationwide 3G network. The carrier said it plans to have 4G cover its entire 3G footprint by the end of 2013. Verizon uses a 4G technology called Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, which will also be deployed by AT&T and U.S. Cellular this year.