Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) 4G LTE rollout is "substantially complete," the carrier declares...

|About: Verizon Communications (VZ)|By:, SA News Editor

Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) 4G LTE rollout is "substantially complete," the carrier declares after covering its 500th market. Big Red says its LTE network now covers 298M people (95% of the U.S. population), which puts it soundly ahead of the 250M and 200M AT&T (T) and Sprint (S) respectively expect to cover by year's end. Verizon now plans to focus its LTE investments on adding capacity, much of it in the higher-frequency AWS band (better for urban areas), and adding new features such as voice-over-LTE support (due in 2014). The carrier adds it "will lead" in deploying the next-gen LTE-Advanced standard, but hasn't set a timeline.