Verizon's LTE rollout becomes a little clearer

Verizon has come out and revealed some of its plans for the 2010 year with regards to LTE.  Their latest press release states that they will deploy LTE in 25 to 30 markets that will cover approximately 100 million Americans. 

Verizon has also stated the blatantly obvious, 4G is faster than 3G.  “Verizon Wireless engineers report LTE average data rates of 5-12 Mbps on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world environments and will offer Verizon Wireless customers mobile browsing speeds comparable to customers’ current, typical online Internet experience.”

While it’s always good to see major carriers such as Verizon touting their next generation network, more importantly is when they will have devices that support this technology?  As a fast network is great, but until you have a phone or a USB stick to utilize the technology, it’s nothing more than a PR stunt. 

Verizon is also playing catch up to one of its competitors, Sprint.  Sprint has already deployed its 4G network that is based on WiMAX technology and is quickly adding new markets to its coverage.  Although, AT&T has not announced any updates to its LTE plan that will start trials in 2010 and consumer rollout in 2011.

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I wish they would hurry up and start rolling out FiOS to more markets, I've been waiting patiently since it's been announced and I'm still stuck with cable.

Joey H said,
I wish they would hurry up and start rolling out FiOS to more markets, I've been waiting patiently since it's been announced and I'm still stuck with cable.

What does that have to do with this article? While I agree that Verizon's FIOS roll-out has been pretty pathetic at best, it has nothing to do with LTE or Wireless.

Joey H said,
I wish they would hurry up and start rolling out FiOS to more markets, I've been waiting patiently since it's been announced and I'm still stuck with cable.

I agree. I'm stuck here paying $40 with Comcast for 1Mbps internet in Chicago.

Edited by ccoltmanm, Mar 8 2010, 8:17pm : clarity

vaximily said,

What does that have to do with this article? While I agree that Verizon's FIOS roll-out has been pretty pathetic at best, it has nothing to do with LTE or Wireless.

I'm saying that while it's nice that they're focusing on rolling out LTE, they can't keep neglecting to roll out their other technologies as well.

ccoltmanm said,

I agree. I'm stuck here paying $40 with Comcast for 1Mbps internet in Chicago.

Can you get Xohm/Clear/whatever they call it now out there? I've been using that in Baltimore since it came out as Xohm Wimax and paid I think $25/mo for 6 months and $35/month after that. I typically get 5-7mbps download so it won't win any contests over fast cable or fiber but the price is right and I can easily move it with me as long as I am in town.

Well, this is good. But I'm still curious how Verizon is going to handle this on the device front to be honest. I mean their 4G is based on GSM from what I understand, and their current network is based on CDMA... So I hope they start shipping phones soon that have both CDMA and GSM built in... Because what's the sense in having a phone on Verizon that can't use one or the other? I guess it's good that I have a while until my upgrade.

M_Lyons10 said,
Well, this is good. But I'm still curious how Verizon is going to handle this on the device front to be honest. I mean their 4G is based on GSM from what I understand, and their current network is based on CDMA... So I hope they start shipping phones soon that have both CDMA and GSM built in... Because what's the sense in having a phone on Verizon that can't use one or the other? I guess it's good that I have a while until my upgrade.

LTE = LTE, LTE does not = GSM. LTE is a replacement for CDMA and GSM, and it can hand off calls to either network seamlessly.

I think it would be overtly obvious that each carrier's new 4G phones will still work on their respective 3G networks.

vaximily said,

LTE = LTE, LTE does not = GSM. LTE is a replacement for CDMA and GSM, and it can hand off calls to either network seamlessly.

Actually, LTE is GSM-based. But it was adapted during development to accomodate backward compatibility with CDMA. Verizon basically drove this effort since they're the only ones affected by it (since Sprint is going WiMax which seems like a bad move IMHO).

Brandon Live said,
Actually, LTE is GSM-based. But it was adapted during development to accomodate backward compatibility with CDMA. Verizon basically drove this effort since they're the only ones affected by it (since Sprint is going WiMax which seems like a bad move IMHO).

You need to do your research before you make posts like that... GSM is based on TDMA, while CDMA is just that, and LTE is based on SC-FDMA.

Additionally, all of Sprint's WiMax equipment is 100% compatible with LTE so once the rest of the industry catches up and LTE becomes the standard they can migrate over. They went with WiMax because it was the only viable standard that was finalized at the time they were ready to start rolling our 4G Services (3 years ahead of the rest of the other Carriers).