Verizon Wireless announced Thursday that it would expand its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Greater Columbus on April 19.

The expanded 4G LTE network will enable customers to use their wireless devices in more parts of the Columbus area offering users faster Internet speed, claimed to be up to 10 times faster than before.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE service is currently available in Columbus, including the Arena District, Blendon Woods, Duxberry Park, Easton, Linworth and Schiller Park, and in the cities of Dublin, Gahanna, Grove City, Lockbourne, New Albany, Norton, Pataskala, Pickerington and Plain City Reynoldsburg and Sunbury.

The carrier said that with the planned network expansion, residents in the Newark/Heath, Granville, Hebron, Buckeye Lake and Circleville areas would have access to its 4G network.  

Our commitment to 4G LTE is bringing customers a new level of wireless data service with upload and download speeds and connectivity that is revolutionizing the way we communicate, said Mark Frazier, president-Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless.   

Since its launch on Dec. 5, 2010, Verizon Wireless has introduced its 4G LTE network to more than 200 million people in 203 markets across the US.

The carrier said it network supported more than 20 4G LTE devices, including a wide variety of tablets, smartphones, hotspots and more.

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink, said the company.