Verizon to deploy its LTE network in two U.S. cities this year
As technologies move forward, keeping up to date with the latest trends gets harder and harder. Well, it looks like Verizon is not having such problems. Two days ago we have informed you that Verizon’s CTO, Dick Lynch, has spoken of the vendors that will participate in the establishment of the first 4G network in the United States. Later, it was said that the company plans to begin the deployment of its LTE network in two U.S. cities late this year and then expand it to 25 to 30 markets by 2010 with the commercial launch following close after. According to Lynch, during the network trials, maximum speeds of up to 80Mbps have been achieved. However, the official said that the average speeds will be known as soon as the network is deployed, which, as he specifies, will happen at the end of December.
1. shayshaybhai (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Jan 2009)
Correct me if I'm wrong doesn't Clear/Sprint have the first 4g network in US?
3. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
You are wrong, wimax is about as 4g as edge is 3g.
15. T-Money3000 (unregistered)
WiMax is still CDMA... 4G is LTE... nothing to do with CDMA
2. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I'm wondering, and maybe others can enlighten me, what criteria they'll use to pick the cities in which they will initially release this network. Please let one of those cities be New York City... Also, is this the same as 4G? If not, could someone inform me of the differences between the two? Thanks.
4. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
If I had to guess I'd guess that NY is going to be one. I don't know if there is any real "criteria" for "picking" the cities. It isn't a contest. They just need somewhere to test the roll out. They'd probably want one that needs the product, can afford the product, and has enough people to get a good amount of people on it. It is 4G as stated in the article. However as pointed out above it isn't the first 4G in the US.
6. insider80 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)
sprint has already realeased 4g officially in two cities although there is atleast 3 more that its running in but not officially released yet. and yes it's real 4g and its amazingly fast. the best advice i can give you is to ignore the verizon fanboys that are clueless about whats going on in the industry. yes sprint has there problems and issues but there internet is the one area they are unrivaled both in 3g and 4g its a fact, not an opinion so sorry fanboys you cant win here
8. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Amen! Really, that is all I have to say about that.
9. wanderlust (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Feb 2009)
Yeah, maybe you should read up on your "facts" , Wimax is nowhere near 4g. It could be considered 3.5 g.....maybe. To be completely honest though, Verizon's "4g" network doesnt meet the requirements to be considered true 4g either, it's just a hell of a lot closer. Though Verizon will probably roll out true 4g a lot sooner than any other U.S. carrier since the only truly accepted network standard currently is LTE Advanced, which will be an upgrade to the LTE network that they're rolling out....possibly through just software upgrades. So in short, before you go spouting your nonsense b/c you heard it from Sprint that they have a 4g network, you should maybe research what 4g is.
11. staticelement (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Feb 2009)
@wanderlust: I think you actually need to research your 'facts.' 4G is next generation, which in plain English, evolves past 3G or the last generation of wireless communications. WiMax is 4G and it is the _first_ roll out of fourth generation wireless services in the U.S. WiMax is actually a better route to go instead of LTE because of the potential with it. Sprint / Clearwire can actually bring broadband access to homes that might not actually have broadband via cable or dsl. WiMax also has the potential of speeds up to 72Mbit which is pretty damn near close to 100Mbit. Also, in al honesty, you don't need speeds greater then 10Mbit for wireless / mobile devices. Half of the smartphones out on the market today can't even handle 5Mbit speeds off of wifi. All you people need to get lives and stop arguing of who you think has the right answer. - You're pathetic! And to all of you Verizon Wireless fanboys out there, Verizon sucks...period! They skimp out on your phones, make you pay extra for everything. They lock you down to BREW, a terribly technology I might add. And disable your GPS' so you have to use their crap VZ Navigator, which has the worst reviews on the planet.
13. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
Actually static, you are just a tad bit off. Yes, 4G is indeed the "next generation". As most in the tech field define 3G, it is basically any wireless technology that tops out at the current 5mbps speed limit. That's why it's 3G...cause until now, they haven't been able to exceed that speed ( at least not here in America yet ). With that said, WiMax is indeed the first 4G technology to roll out in the U.S. I don't know about it being the better route though. Speedwise, it does top out at 72mbps but LTE can reach 80 or higher. I know that isn't much of a difference, but it supports my argument. The other reason is that LTE is compatible with WiMax technology as tested in Dusseldorf.... not the other way around. That's why all of Western Europe chose to support that technology...not to mention that both Verizon AND AT&T will support it stateside. Sprint will probably be the only cellco supporting WiMax only. People just have to realize that LTE doesn't just apply to wireless phones ( as most people here seem to think ). And to think that Verizon chose Alcatel / Lucent to help build the infrastructure. That's like building a wicked fast motherboard with Intel as the design team. Also, in about six months, you will see smartphones with the processing muscle to handle the new technology. That's why companies like HTC and Acer are building devices specifically meant to run on LTE. The best thing is that they will still be backwards-compatible with CDMA-EV-DO and HSDPA. I do agree that Verizon butchers the hell out of some phones ( a la the Touch Pro ) and BREW stinks. But VZ Navigator? ( The same company also designed AT&T Navigator ) You might want to pick up the December issue of Consumer Reports, read it, and revise your statement. Out of all the apps VZW runs, VZ Navigator and VCast Song ID are the coolest....especially now that the Navigator has Voice Recognition on some handsets. Not a fanboy, just my two cents.
14. trentsinmypants (Posts: 315; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
.......please, for the love of god re-read your posts before posting! Its "Their" not "There" and its "they're" not "There"
16. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I love the editing crew... IMO, it is much needed ;)
17. Big Red (Posts: 101; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Well said Brikz4real, I much prefer an intelligent reply with bad grammar over an idiot reply that was spelled right. You guys can read it, who cares if "their" is spelled "they're"?
18. staticelement (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Feb 2009)
VZ Navigator is not developed by TeleNav. VZ Navigator it actually developed by Verizon Wireless which is a fork of Network's in Motion Atlas Book. Both 'at&t navigator' and 'sprint navigator' are nothing more than rebranded TeleNav software. Also, while everyone may be choosing to go with LTE that is simply because it is a developed standard. What you and other people fail to realize is WiMax is nothing more then having your home router open to the public to leech off your internet. WiMax is a city wide hot spot that everything will be able to use. A lot of stuff already comes with embedded Wifi chipsets in them. LTE will never have that potential because it isn't as big of a standard as Wifi has evolved into. - It has the potential to replace both the GSM and CDMA standard. Furthermore, WiMax will have the potnetial to see speeds up to 1Gbps, the same can't be said about LTE.
19. smimi15 (Posts: 21; Member since: 05 Apr 2008)
I love the argument of "stop arguing of who you think has the right answer" posted directly below a paragraph of your own opinion on the proposed question. Good one. A blogger who is against blogging? What's next? PETA changes to People Eating Tasty Animals. Ugh.
10. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
Correct me if I am wrong, but the 4G standard has not even been finalized. The interesting thing will be to see how VZW deals with changing their backend systems to IP to migrate over to LTE. Also they will have to get hybrid handsets to handle CDMA and LTE in one device. The is the one thing GSM has going for it is that LTE is a natural progression. LTE will be great for VZW, lets see how they handle voice. Will they use legacy networks for voice and LTE for data, or LTE for voice and data, or depending on tower placement and radiation patterns a combination of both??
Verizon to deploy its LTE network in two U.S. cities this year