Verizon 4G To Launch On Oahu, Maui, Big Island

 UPDATED 2:15 AM HST Jul 18, 2011

Verizon Wireless customers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island will be able to surf the web and share files much faster this Thursday when the company's 4G Long Term Evolution network officially launches.

Verizon said data speeds should be up to 10 times faster than its current 3G network. Users can experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

4G coverage will begin for the following areas on July 21:

Verizon Wireless will be introducing special smartphones that take advantage of the 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless began deploying its 4G network, which it calls the world's first large-scale LTE network, last December. The company is adding 28 new markets this week. Officials expect to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.

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