Earlier, Verizon said their LTE rollout would reach the 30 NFL metropolitan areas by the end of 2010, though they did not get specific. On Thursday, at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Francisco, they got specific.
Verizon has even raised the number from 30 to 38, CEO Lowell McAdam said. McAdam added that in January, Verizon will unveil six devices (with an unspecified number of smartphones vs tablets) that will work on LTE as soon as the first half of 2011.
McAdam added that in addition to the cities, 62 airports nationally will also be covered by LTE, with seven of those locations outside of the launch cities. He also said that within 18 months, LTE will cover about 200 million Americans. By the end of 2013, LTE coverage will equal that of 3G.
LTE is the technology used in the 4G network that Verizon is building (AT&T is similarly using LTE, while Sprint has already rolled out its 4G WiMax in many areas). Speedwise, LTE will have real-life average download data rates of 5 to 12Mbps, and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps. 4G LTE will handle only data, while voice will still covered by the current CDMA network.
You can see the list of cities, as well as the list of airports, that Verizon plans to cover in 2010 below.