Verizon chooses Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to construct the first 4G network
For the future network, Verizon will use the 700MHz spectrum that it has recently purchased.
1. filteroff (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Feb 2009)
I wonder what would be the big difference between 3G and the new 4G network (not to mention faster transfer rates)... As far as I know 4G standard has not been defined as of yet... Although there was some Japanese company NTT DoCoMo that has been testing a 4G communication system prototype that was capable of transmission rates of approximately 5 Gbit/s in the downlink with 12x12 MIMO using a 100MHz frequency bandwidth while moving at 10 km/h.
2. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Yea I think the speeds are certainly a big part. I'm guessing they will integrate advanced data features like video conferencing and more advanced features as well.
3. phoneguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
First 4g network? Um incase anybody hasnt noticed Wimax is fully deployed in two cities and climbing..........
4. Big Red (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Hahaha Wimax "4G"? Thats like calling Edge "3G". What a joke. Wimax will give sprint an "edge" for the short term, but in two or three years they will be in the same boat AT&T is in now with 3G: Too invested in last year's technology (edge) and two years behind in rolling out today's technology (HSDPA). Wimax is only 4G by definition, if they built a new network at ALL, it would be called 4th generation, the same way a retarded great grandson would still be considered 4th generation. 4G, but everyone is still going to call him retarded.
6. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)
That's shallow and a tad biased, WiMax has a migration path
7. Big Red (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Exactly. Wimax has a migration "path". LTE has a migration "highway".
8. killingthemonk (Posts: 52; Member since: 19 Feb 2009)
Sprint can borrow the 1.6b it lost last quarter from Big Red to pay for the continued roll-out.