HOUGHTON - Verizon has added three new 4G LTE cell sites in the Copper Country, which should give increased speeds for customers throughout the area.
The sites, added two weeks ago, are near Atlantic Mine, Lake Linden and Calumet.
Average speeds for 4G users should be around five to 12 megabits per second for downloading and two to five Mbps for uploading. That's about 10-fold increase over 3G.
The new towers also provide stronger signals in areas where service had been spotty.
"I know we've had a lot of complaints, especially the Hubbell, Dollar Bay, Lake Linden area - they not only had slow service, they had no service whatsoever," said Scott Salvinski, manager at Team Wireless in Houghton. "There's 4G in downtown Lake Linden now."
Salvinsky said the upgrades stand to benefit many across the area.
We've already seen an interest in our home phone, because it runs off towers and not landlines," Salvinski said. "There are a lot of people who can take advantage of it that couldn't in the past."
Verizon introduced the 4G network in late 2010, which is now available in nearly 340 markets around the country. Plans call for expansion to more than 400 markets by the end of the year.
For more information, go to verizonwireless/lte.