Dec. 27, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless invested approximately
in network enhancements in
during 2012 to expand 4G LTE and other advanced wireless technologies to customers across the state. The rapid rollout of
the nation's fastest 4G service
will continue in 2013, with Verizon 4G LTE scheduled to cover the company's entire
network footprint by the end of the year.
Verizon 4G LTE already covers all of
's major markets and is accessible to the vast majority of the state's population.
"The rapid expansion of 4G LTE was a priority in 2012 as customers feasted on the technology's rich capabilities all over the state," said
, network executive director for the Verizon Wireless Florida region. "We're pleased to be far ahead of our competitors and plan to complete our 4G LTE Florida build-out by the end of 2013."
Verizon Wireless also reinforced its 3G EVDO technology, the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network, during 2012 in
Among a variety of special initiatives during the past year, Verizon network engineers completed high-tech installations and upgrades to numerous large sports facilities in
so fans would have a better wireless experience. These venues include
and the Florida Citrus Bowl in
; Daytona International Speedway in
; Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (The Swamp) in
; Doak Campbell Stadium in
; Marlins Park and Dolphins Stadium in
; Everbank Field in
; and Brandon Forum, St Pete Times Forum, Raymond James Stadium and Tropicana Field in the
"Sports venues and events often provide wireless networks with special challenges due to the structural design of the buildings, plus the tens or hundreds of thousands of smartphone toting fans and media all tweeting, texting, talking and posting at once," Wise said. "We've devoted a vast amount of resources to enhance the fan experience and to clearly outperform the competition."