By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network in Tupelo today, a move the company says will allow customers to have speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
Customers must have a 4G LTE-enabled device to access the newer network.
The applicable devices offered by Verizon include notebooks, netbooks, hotspots, modems, tablets and smartphones.
The company in a press release said Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, Verizon said, devices automatically connect to its 3G network.
Tupelo is one of 22 markets that gets Verizon 4G LTE today. Other markets include Birmingham, Ala.; Jackson and Martin, Tenn.; and Green Bay, Wis.
The company said it plans to cover 178 cities by Nov. 17 with its 4G LTE network.