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Verizon invests $4 billion for LTE and 3G expansion

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Verizon invests $4 billion for LTE and 3G expansion
After we told you what kind of speeds you can experience thanks to TeliaSonera's LTE network in Sweden, chances are that you are most eager to use this kind of speeds if you are not from the Scandinavian country. If you live in the States, then we have a good news for you – Verizon and Alcatel-Lucent concluded a 4-year, $4 billion contract, according to which the latter should help the US's biggest carrier to create its 4G network and to expand its 3G one.

It's not much of a secret that LTE is the future and that makes it understandable that Verizon is pouring that amount of money into the creation of its network. Tony Melone, chief technology officer at Verizon Wireless, says:

“Constant network improvement is in our DNA. With Alcatel-Lucent’s strong support, we... will remain the most reliable in the nation for years to come.”

According to the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will help build the infrastructure for Verizon's 4G network, including:
  • end-to-end CDMA and LTE radio network solutions;
  • IP, optical and microwave backhaul and transport;
  • complete portfolio of professional and network integration services.
This is not the first agreement between Big Red and Alcatel-Lucent and obviously Verizon has a lot of faith in the Paris-based wireless infrastructure developer. With the 4G war becoming more and more fierce with each passing day, it's of paramount importance for every carrier to deliver breathtaking speeds. After all, the whole industry's direction is towards making the smartphones less like phones and more like compact powerful devices. That is the future and we already see that data consumption is indispensable in the modern smartphone business – a fact that's sure to be relevant for some time ahead.

source: Alcatel-Lucent

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posted on 08 Nov 2010, 12:57 1

1. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Here is what I don't get. PhoneArena did a story on how LTE and WiMAX aren't 4G...yet you guys keep spreading the thought that it is in fact 4G...what's up with that?

posted on 08 Nov 2010, 15:15

2. yodaddy (unregistered)


they said it wasnt 4G speeds but that the infastructure is...

posted on 08 Nov 2010, 18:16

3. Glorfindale (Posts: 17; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


Well, it is true that "technically" LTE and WiMAX are not 4G, but I think it's more of a technicality and amongst the wireless users are corporations we agreed to label the above networks as "4G". It's ok to call it 4G at this point of the game.

posted on 09 Nov 2010, 15:25

4. Russki (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)


LTE is the only 4G technology. Its just going to take some time to have enough tower signal overlap to achieve the desired 100mbps

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