CLEVELAND - Verizon Wireless has expanded its 4G network to include more areas east and west of Cleveland.
The cellular provider's LTE service, which has the potential to offer data speeds 10 times faster than 3G networks, now extends from Lorain to Madison. The new service area was activated Thursday.
Verizon first launched its 4G service in Cleveland in December 2010, and it runs north to south from the Lake Erie shoreline to Uniontown, just shy of the city of Canton.
"The expansion of our 4G LTE network in Cleveland reinforces our commitment to leading the way in 4G LTE and providing our customers the best products and services available," said Mark Frazier, president of the Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia region for Verizon Wireless.
The launch of this larger coverage area for Verizon LTE came one day before AT&T announced it was adding 4G LTE service in the Akron/Canton area.
AT&T officials held a news conference in Akron Friday to say those two counties are among the first in Ohio to get the faster wireless service. The company's coverage map shows that it offers 4G service in the Cleveland area, but it's not LTE.
In order to take advantage of the faster speeds of 4G LTE, users must have a device that is able to connect to that network.