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Verizon Details LTE Launch Plans

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Feb 18, 2009, 4:56 AM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Feb 18, 2009, 11:43 AM

Verizon Wireless today announced its plans for deploying LTE 4G technology. The company will launch its LTE network commercially in 2010 using its recently-acquired 700 MHz spectrum, which covers the entire US, excluding Alaska. The technology has been tested to deliver peak speeds of 50-60 Mbps, although typical real-world speeds are yet to be determined. In addition to more populated areas, the company plans to deploy LTE in rural areas not covered by land-based broadband. Verizon has already been testing LTE in existing spectrum in Minneapolis, Columbus, and New Jersey, and will expand those trials this summer in the 700 MHz band. Once the commercial network launches in 2010, the company plans "aggressive deployment throughout Verizon Wireless' entire network, including areas not currently covered by the existing Verizon Wireless footprint." The company has chosen Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as primary network vendors, Starent as a packet core vendor, and Nokia Siemens and Alcatel-Lucent as key suppliers for a new IMS network that will deliver new converged multimedia services.

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tylerrocks09

Feb 18, 2009, 10:35 AM

Awesome!

This is GREAT!

Better then what we were all thinking!

Its already in more areas then Sprints WiMax if WiMax is still only in Baltimore.

There are also more phone makers supporting LTE which means a lot of phones to choose from.

This is exciting.
This means we can FINALLY have some SONY phones on Verizon! Very Happy
tylerrocks09 said:
This is GREAT!

Better then what we were all thinking!

Its already in more areas then Sprints WiMax if WiMax is still only in Baltimore.

There are also more phone makers supporting LTE which means a lot o
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I may be wrong but the partners listed although may be phone makers, but making 4G phones isn't what there going to do.
But rather build out everything else it takes to broadcast 4G, I.E. software, switches, etc. Possibly some 4G phones will come out...
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stoopered

Feb 19, 2009, 2:15 PM

Hmm

I'm curious about the speed xfer to a device? Will it be for slow speeds like walking on foot like the original IEEE standard for WiMax 802.12 b and c where it recommended traveling speeds of under 20mph, or will it be like the 802.20 and the 802.12e and accept a continuous data xfer and seamless tower trade-offs at 180mph? Funny how they always leave this out when discussing LTE tests. They also have failed to discuss how WiMax at direct Line-Of-Sight will allow 70mbps, but are currently limited to 7mbps. See these stories are very misleading to people who are not informed. LTE still hasn't given us any technical info. Oh and these technologies are MAN's, not WAN networks. That also bugs me. LTE will most likely Debut with 5mbps maximum jus...
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