Verizon speeding up process to have LTE in place by early 2010
This article contains unofficial information.
The race is on for the number one wireless provider in the United States to expedite their roll out of LTE. Verizon Wireless is already conducting limited testing of it's soon to be 4G network in select markets – fetching impressive results with up to 60 Mbps. TechCrunch's “knowledgeable” source states that Big Red is adamant on fast tracking their LTE deployment in time for early 2010 and possibly in line with a deal with Apple. The rumor does not go into detail whether it would be a Verizon branded iPhone or an unannounced Apple multi-touch 10” tablet. The data only 10” tablet will not feature a microphone which could be used for voice calls – and does not violate the existing contract AT&T has with the iPhone. The rumors may have some validity with AT&T's deal set to expire in 2010; coincidence that Verizon is up on all arms to hasten their network. Unlike CDMA, LTE will have a large presence both internationally and domestically here with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon jumping the wagon. Although it may seem less likely to see an iPhone with Big Red right now, it'll become more hopeful once 2010 arrives.