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      Verizon launches 4G network in Columbia

      Verizon Thunderbolt showing 4G coverage

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The Internet is about to get a whole lot faster for some smartphone users in the Midlands.

      Verizon Wireless announced Monday they will be flipping the switch on the new 4G LTE signal Thursday in Columbia. However, WACH Fox News is already seeing a 4G network on our new devices. Others have reported seeing the same.

      Areas that will benefit from the switch will include Columbia, Lake Murray, Irmo, Seven Oaks, St. Andrews, Oak Grove, West Columbia, Springdale, South Congaree, Cayce, Lexington, Red Bank, Gilbert, Pine Ridge, Dentsville, Arcadia Lakes, Woodfield, and Forest Acres.

      4G is up to 10 times faster than the current standard 3G which will increase download time and speed up surfing for customers who have a 4G accessible device.

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      We will quickly expand 4G LTE, and by 2013 we will cover the existing Verizon Wireless 3G coverage area," says Jerry Fountain, the president of Verizon's Carolinas/Tennessee Region.

      Verizon officials say this is the world's first large-scale 4G LTE network in the area.

      Other mobile providers are currently working to bring 4G to the Midlands.

      Click here for more information on Verizon's new 4G network.