Verizon Wireless South Central Regional President Steve Smith is ready for his company’s launch of its 4G service, beginning in northwest Arkansas on August 18, but he’s not sure if the new smart device speeds can match the quickness of the Razorback football team.
"Users will be able to wake up on the morning of the 18th and they’ll experience 4G services up there throughout northwest Arkansas, speeds like nothing they’ve ever seen before," Smith said. "I’m not sure about faster than the Razorback football team, but what I do know is that customers on our 4G network will be able to be at the game, and if they have some friends who weren’t able to make it, they’ll at least be able to take some high-definition video right there from the stands and send it during the game."
Smith appeared on Talk Business this week and explained the technology that will allow Verizon customers data speeds up to 10 times faster than current 3G service.
Verizon’s 4G service will offer 7 to 12 mbps (megabytes per second) on the download and 2 to 5 mbps on the upload. He says that central Arkansas will have 4G service by the end of this year, although an exact start date for the service is still unknown.
You can watch Smith’s full interview below as he discusses the business and personal applications that the new speed will bring to customers.