There are many reasons to make the trek to Mankato, Minnesota for 2012 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. And now Verizon Wireless has added yet another. Verizon Wireless announced Monday that it has activated the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network at Minnesota State University, Mankato and within the city of Mankato for the Vikings three-week stay at training camp.
In a news release, Verizon Wireless stated that residents and visitors to the area with 4G LTE smartphones, jetpacks and tablets will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE 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.
“We wanted to give Vikings fans a preview of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network while visiting training camp for streaming video, downloading files, uploading pictures and so much more, at consistently reliable fast data speeds,” said Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “Mankato residents can also experience the difference our high-speed broadband network makes with their smartphones and other devices.”
Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, (including Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn.) and has been rapidly building out its network, now covering 337 markets across the country. The company is on track to meet its goal of covering more than 400 U.S. markets by the end of 2012. The company will continue to work on optimizing the network in the Mankato area and service will not be continuous until the official market launch with a larger coverage area later this year.
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