Verizon Wireless says it will begin deploying its 4G Long-term evolution (LTE) network in northwest Arkansas on August 18.
What does that mean?
It means that cellular service and faster wireless Internet speeds will be available in the area – up to 10 times faster than current 3G network capabilities.
“Northwest Arkansas is a hub for some of the nation’s largest corporations and Verizon Wireless’ launch of 4G LTE is going to make a huge difference in how those companies do business,” said Steve Smith, president of Verizon Wireless’ South Central Region, which includes Arkansas.
“4G LTE is now the global standard in wireless technology and it’s available only through Verizon Wireless. It’s going to deliver incredible wireless speed and raise expectations. From seamless, real-time video conferencing, to the ability to create and deliver presentations while you’re on-the-go, to live gaming and live HD television right over your laptop – we’re delivering a new world of wireless connectivity to our customers at work and in their personal lives,” Smith said.
The cities to be affected in northwest Arkansas include Bella Vista, Fayetteville, Tontitown, Centerton, Bentonville, Springdale, Rogers, Farmington, Cave Springs, Pea Ridge and Avoca.
With the right equipment, 4G users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Verizon says northwest Arkansas is the first market in Arkansas that the company will deploy the technology.
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