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Verizon upgrades local service

Posted: November 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Verizon is launching its 4G LTE service in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday. It's the first major carrier confirmed to provide such coverage in the area.

 

What many local cellphone users already noticed will become official Thursday when Verizon makes its 4G LTE wireless network system officially available in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The expansion includes the neighborhoods of Stevenson Ranch, Saugus, Newhall, Valencia and Canyon Country, as well as the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Victorville and Hesperia, Verizon said in a press release.

But Verizon subscribers were already noting the increased service  a couple of weeks before the official rollout.

“Some of the 4G LTE signals at different towers may be going on and off as Verizon Wireless completes its testing as part of the rollout,” said a spokesperson for Verizon. “All of the towers covering the areas described in the news release will be running 4G LTE consistently beginning Thursday. “

There’s basically not much difference between 3G and 4G service, said one wireless user. But LTE – Long Term Evolution – makes service “ridiculously fast,” faster than your Internet at home, he said.

LTE service is now considered the standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It was first launched in Stockholm on Dec. 14, 2009.

The high-speed upgrade will allow users of cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices in the Santa Clarita Valley to see data speeds increase by up to 10 times the existing speeds of a 3G service.

Verizon Wireless is the first carrier to bring 4G LTE to the Santa Clarita Valley, said a spokesperson. In addition to the local market, Verizon also announced it’s expanding 4G service to more than 440 markets throughout the country on Thursday.

T-Mobile does not currently offer LTE service, said a spokesperson for the company. An AT&T spokesperson said it does not have LTE service in the Santa Clarita Valley but offers HSPA+ — an enhanced system for 3G networks with higher speeds that are said to be comparable to the newer LTE networks. Sprint declined to comment for the story.

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