GREENFIELD — Verizon Wireless customers in Greenfield have a new high-speed option starting today.
The company rolled out 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage to Greenfield and 11 other communities in the surrounding area.
The move marks Hancock County’s first opportunity to access to 4G LTE, the next generation of mobile broadband technology touted to be about 10 times faster than previous systems. That means data transfers, like video streaming and file downloading, take less time.
“Most folks are pretty excited by the prospect and certainly want a faster network to take advantage of,” said Kyle Niederpruem, spokesperson for Verizon.
AT&T is also in the process of deploying 4G LTE, but has yet to reach Greenfield. There may be some coverage of basic 4G, which is faster than 3G systems that cover most of the country but slower than 4G LTE.
With the new and expanded markets, Verizon’s 4G LTE network will be available to 337 markets in the United States, the largest 4G LTE network in the country currently. The company said it is actively working to continue expanding that list.
“The continued expansion of our 4G LTE network in central Indiana demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide our customers with the highest quality communications technology,” said John Granby, president of the Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region for Verizon Wireless.
To take advantage of the higher speeds, Greenfield residents do need to be Verizon customers and have a 4G-capable device. Customers with 3G devices, the previous standard, will need to upgrade before having access to the 4G LTE network. Customers with 4G devices will still be able to access the 3G network, which covers most of the country, when traveling outside of areas with 4G coverage.
With the expansion of the Verizon network, residents can also take advantage of HomeFusion Broadband, a high-speed Internet solution that can be installed at homes for people who live in areas with limited options or connectivity. High-speed Internet access continues to be an issue for some rural residents in Hancock County.