One-third of U.S. to be covered by LTE in 2010 says Verizon

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One-third of U.S. to be covered by LTE in 2010 says Verizon
As testing of its 4G LTE network ends in Boston and Seattle, and with "friendly user trials" starting later this summer, Verizon CTO Tony Melone says he expects one-third of the country to be covered by LTE by the end of this year. So far, the carrier has seen peak rates of  40Mbps and 50Mbps (down) with average download rates of  5Mbps to 12Mbps and upload rates of 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Melone says that 25 to 30 networks should be launched this year, representing a third of the U.S., which is expected to double 15 months after launch. By the end of 2013, Big Red's 4G network will be the same size of its current 3G coverage, if not larger, according to the Verizon executive. Melone also added that the first LTE smartphones for Verizon would be available in the first half of 2011 while other data centric devices like aircards, USB sticks and devices like Mi-Fi would beat the handsets out by about one quarter. At the same time, Verizon will continue beefing up its 3G network even while working toward finishing the LTE build-out.The carrier says it believes that when finished, its LTE footprint will be larger than the 3G coverage of competitors. It's a lot for Verizon customers to look forward to.

source: Engadget (Trials end), (LTE coverage), (LTE devices)

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36 Comments

1. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-I guess it was a matter of time before they react to Sprint's Wimax and the EVO beast coming out in a few months.

2. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I wonder if Verizon will use Android for a debut device too? Android seems to be the best frontrunner for 4G since it can multitask and has open development, etc. ...unlike Apple, who's too busy riding the leg of AT&T to jump on a carrier pushing for 4G :P

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

They may be slow about it but AT&T has 4G plans as well. LTE actually. When all is said and done AT&T VZW TMO and metroPCS will all be LTE carriers. And by the time VZW has a well established LTE footprint, apple will surely b free from AT&T and produce an LTE iPhone for any compatible network.

4. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

Verizon has been saying this since last year.. it's not a reaction to Sprint.. they're just confirming it at CTIA

5. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

t-Mo may be changing to WiMax if the rumors are true. And it kind of matches their push to catch Sprint and their push to get teh best phones...

14. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

all verizon does is talk n talk ''we gunna get LTE running'' they have been saying that since last year and have they done it NO! sprint kept their promise and are rolling out 4G also from what i heard metro pcs is also going to roll out 4G LTE this year and most likely they gunna take out 4G first than verizon knowing verizon how slow they are they gunna have LTE by 2020...

15. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

False total reaction to Sprint.

17. VZW_redrep

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

I hate when people talk crap about grammar, but Jesus Christ omarc26. Go back to middle school. Thanks.

19. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

A matter of time? Your an idiot, Sprint "dashed" (no pun intended) in to 4g with WiCraps, its cheap and right up sprint's alley they are hoping to float on the "1st" 4g crap....anyone who knows anything about this stuff knows to fear LTE, VZW is the only one with the money to take time use their current dominant network and work on something that's going to be faster and last longer then WiMax, look forward to an early release of sprints 5g just to keep up with VZW LTE.

25. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

i bet they debut with a four g apple device.. any takers ?!?!?!?

26. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

hey jackass.. they have been saying they are buliding and will have it in 25-30 markets by the end of the yaer THIS YEAR. You are crazy to think that sprint will overtake any carrier in the country. the ceo himself still has poopie dribbling down his leg, and hasnt cleaned the mess up from the last ceo that failed miserably! stop trashing vzw because you know your on sprint and sprint sucks big giant baaaalllzzzzz. vzw haters club! omarc26

27. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

@ numberonenygfan as a matter of fact i have verizon i have a storm 2. i dnt hate verizon i love it i had all the companies and verizon is the best one thats why im sticking to verizon i just wish that they hurried up on LTE!

28. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I AM IN MIDDDLE SKOO DUMASS

29. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

Verizon has been announcing since mid 2009 that they would be launching LTE in 25-30 markets by the end of 2010. Tell me how they are following Sprint or not following through on what they say? if you're going to be a hater, at least do so factually

32. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

This is not new news. Since VZW first announced that they would be going with LTE for their 4G standard, they have publically stated that they will have 20 - 30 markets by end of 2010. Sprint was first, but WiMax is obviously inferior to LTE (WiMAx is slower, will have smaller coverage once LTE gets built out, only one US carrier adopting).

33. cammian

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

your an idiot...period

34. cammian

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

true dat!!!

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

This is so exciting. I am not a fan boy of any network, but I am always excited when a carrier is doing big things with their network and for their consumers. I am glad T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon picked the same 4G standard. Imagine the impact all three carriers will have. Imagine not having to really worrying about not having a signal. Just awesomeness. And about Sprint...I think no one sees Sprint as a threat anymore. Again, not a hater...but Sprint is losing customers and AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile keep eating them up.

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think the introduction of this new HTC phone will help Sprint gain back a few lost customers.

8. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Phone don't usually bring consumers to carriers it usually word of mouth....well i lied when the iphone come out people were dropping there providers left and right

9. replika30

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 25, 2010

Actually VZW's orig plans for LTE wern't scheduled for first city launch til 2011. Full nationwide coverage was estimated by 2013. They must be sweating a bit if they're promising this much with only a halffull of towers in construction/conversion. Big red being big red will obviously charge its customers extra to use the network and carriers a ton to roam off of it aswell. Just some info though Sprint isn't loosing customers as fast as most thing. 90% of them are non primes and nextel subscribers that dont know they can switch to sprint.

18. VZW_redrep

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

Sorry replika30, a tip from the inside. NO PRICE CHANGES! So I've been told by our agents.

20. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

No it wont, because evo 4g isn't available on pre paid...lmao

21. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Your an idiot -1 repkika, Spring is the one chargeing people extra for wifi anywhere, that's not 4G that's a phone that uses clear wire. Bogus.

23. athiel021

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 10, 2009

Sprint prices: 3G plan: $59.99 3G/4G plan: $59.99 Per their website:http://nextelonline.nextel.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/SubmitRegionAction?isUpgradePathForC overage=false&currZipCode=&upgradeOption=&nextPage=DisplayPlans&equipmentSKUurlPart=%3FcurrentPa ge%3DratePlanPage&filterStringParamName=filterString%3DMobile_Broadband_Cards_Filter&newZipCode= 78238 Please do some research before you spout "facts". Thanks.

24. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

really where do you see that Spring errr Sprint is charging people extra for wifi??

10. tiolawa

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sprint is not as far behind as some may think they are looking into LTE for the future. Wimax can be converted over to LTE with modifications. Also T-Mobile is looking at a partnership with Clearwire to jump on the WiMax bandwagon for right now not LTE.

35. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

because they can't afford to build out

11. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

One third on the nation is more area than ATT's 3G...funny.

12. awesomeanthony

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

What is the difference between 4G and LTE?

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