Verizon CTO says that LTE launch is looking better each day

Verizon CTO says that LTE launch is looking better each day
With Verizon's LTE network nowhere in sight right now, some may be feel a bit uneasy as the 4G race begins to heat up this year. There are a lot of items Big Red will need to overcome as they dive straight into its first commercial launches of their LTE network –fortunately though, now it seems they're more confident than they ever were before. During a Network World interview, Verizon's CTO Tony Melone made it clear once again as the number one wireless carrier plans to launch their commercial LTE network to approximately 25 to 30 markets this year and begin to execute a complete overlay of its 3G network in 2013. You can sense the confidence going around as Melone says that they're "ahead of where they thought they'd be as far as site readiness goes" and that their goal to launch in 25 to 30 markets in 2010 is "looking better each day, not worse each day." Stepping into another category surrounding LTE voice, Malone seemed less enthusiastic by saying, "The question for us will be whether our footprint will be sufficient at that point to provide customers with a good experience for voice over LTE, or whether we'll be better off offering 3G coverage for voice and 4G for data." Although some out there are already dreaming of this becoming a reality, it's at least nice to know that 4G data services with Verizon may be just right around the corner.

source: Network World via Engadget

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43 Comments

1. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

I think its great that VZW is quietly working in the background on this and not being to flashy like Sprint. Cant wait for them to flip the switch ON and surprise everyone with 4G later this year. GO VZW!

14. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That message is kind of skewed. What Tony Melone actually said in the interview, )as I was there listening to the press with Qualcomm) to Network World" and to into-mobile blog was that they would have and Overlay of it's 3G network by 2013. Not what phone arena posted as "Begin to execute a complete overlay of its 3G network in 2013". He said: We will completely overlay our current 3G network by 2013. Funny how a little conversation like that can get skewed in an interview. Did anyone catch it or get the recording of it and post it somewhere? I can't find it to link it for you guys. But if I do find it or ask some co-workers if they have a copy, then I'll post to youtube.

16. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

ATT doing the same thing except they are announcing it on website like this article. so ATT is pretty much is in the backgroundas well, Sprint commerical its, verizon put out articles about it, and ATT.......... has everyone thinking that they are behind lol

17. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Not being flashy like Sprint???? Sprint has the product to market and there is nothing flashy about advertising what already exists. The Verizon people are telling people that LTE is the future and that WIMAX is inferior. Blah Blah Blah. We operate on 2 standards now between CDMA and GSM and it works just fine, there is room for two technologies, not to mention WIMAX is commecially deployed in many global markets. Verizon is behind the scenes because they don't have it yet. When they launch then we will see who is calling who flashy. BTW these companies care about one thing, their bottom line. Nothing more, so if you think they really "care" about their customers you are dead wrong, do you think they are doing right by their customers by strong arming them into data plans just to get a nice device? I have heard it all, "if you don't want to connect to the internet then don't get a cool phone". Truth be told, there alot of practical uses of a windows mobile phone that don't require the fucking internet. I am done ranting.

21. rimwireless

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

You are a dumb ass. Thats like saying I want a blackberry but no email. Thats what a blackberry is for. email. So if you do not want to pay for a data plan then you dont need a windows phone. And if you dont have customers then you dont have a job. So thats why vzw att ect strive for great customer service because with out them they would not be where they are today. We all know that sprint does not care about there customer thats why hey are in hell where they belong.

23. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

We all know vzw only cares about how much money can be extracted with all the stupid data requirements and huge ETF, Sprint seems to be looking out for there subs but the blind loyalty to vzw clouds the view because of some perceived view no carrier can do what they can do

24. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

No one makes you buy a phone on contract. If you don't want to pay the ETF, either pay full price and don't be bound by a contract or the ETF, or buy a phone with the intent of keeping it. You have 15 or 30 days to play with it and make sure you want to keep it, that should be more than enough. If you want to return a phone after 6 months, that's just you being fickle and feeling like you have to have the latest and greatest. Why should the carrier subsidize that? You get more than half off the full price of the phone in exchange for signing up under contract. Why should the carrier eat that subsidy just because you want to change phones every 6 months? And is Verizon the only carrier with the mandatory data plans on some phones? Nope, I didn't think so. You obviously have some hard-on for Verizon that is not supported by any reasonable argument. BTW, Verizon is consistently rated no. 1 in customer service. Must be a reason, or are you saying that all 80MM+ customers are blind lemmings?

28. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Att and vzw are the only ones charging for dumbphones because of a cam, crappy browser, and/or a keyboard

29. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

I think all customers care more about how good their network is, than vice versa. That said, VZW still has the best customer service compared to the other carriers. VZW has the lowest churn rates in the business even with the highest price plans and ETFs.... you have to figure out why.

30. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Because they can and people still buy it. Until fairly recently, they had the worst selection of phones and yet people still stayed and new customers joined. Its all about the network.

31. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

That doesn't necessarily mean vzw is the best just that have good cs and loyal subs, with the new edicts we'll see how long that last, they're still falling behind in 4G

33. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

You seem pretty confident... Sprint (S) stock is only $3 and change. Maybe its time for you to buy in.

35. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

The price of stock has nothing to do with the reliable, speedy, cost effective and all inclusive service I get. Your fellow subs are revolting over the new data requirement and I do believe LTE is where metered service on vzw will start, you can't convince me that I paying more for less of the same type of service would be beneficial just for a 90M free call/messaging and 5/10 numbers when I get unlimited calls to 250M and 7PM N/W's. We'll see how the great LTE movement is by the end of the year, that's probably when you'll see it

38. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Stock price has everything to do with it. The complaints you listed are not VZW customers. Those are from people who didnt sign with VZW for financial/misc reasons. Metered LTE, maybe, maybe not.. but not a valid argument. Only ATT considering it for their very poor 3G network. Its very hard for you to defend a failing company.

39. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Sprint does not have much to market at all... Sprint has 4G in like 2 cities, and they have these crazy commercials about them being the only service that has 4G. WEAK!!!!!!

40. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Check vzw's stance on metered service again. Hanford Store, 27 is a lot more than zero

42. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

No need to check, were not that desparate for 4G, the 3G is awesome already.

2. desertmike680

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Being an employee of Sprint, we could careless. Were ahead of the game and always will be.

3. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

you guys have 4g in one lil spot and you call that ahead of the game lol ok vzw well always be better sprint will always be the #3 under vzw and at&t

4. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Good luck with you job security and pray that the Supersonic really exists. btw.. it may be #4 under T-mo soon.

6. masteryoda

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

Employee of Sprint the "Now" network....what ever that means. Yeah Sprint cares so much about the quality of thier network...they gave it to Ericsson to maintain.

7. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

Couldn't care less.

8. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

if Sprint was ahead of the game they would be the #1 carrier and wouldn't be in such a horrible position. People would want to be with Sprint and not just because their credit sux and no one else will approve them for some phones...

9. underwood2012

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

And who is maintaining/supplying AT&T's future 4G network? Oh that's right, Ericsson is. They are also supplying Verizon's 4G network technology. So suck it, shit head. [Also, why is AT&T bothering to build a 4G network? They have so little 3G that Sprint is beating them! Sprint has over twice as much 3G coverage. I think that is kinda sad. And Sprint's Coverage, without roaming, sucks. I'd know. I think AT&T should rollout a their super-fast 3.5G network nationwide; Even that would compete with Sprint's current 4G rates, and it would get them a lot more customers and a better reputation.]

10. underwood2012

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

Oh, and Sprint isn't being "flashy". They have 4G in 27 cities, which is more than any other US Carrier. Wait until Verizon launches their 4G network, they'll over due it, just like you think Sprint is.

11. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Sprint only covers 120 million people...AT&T and Verizon cover nearly 3 times that...

13. masteryoda

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 2010

Better check your facts...vzw and att has thier own network opertions...so they maintain thier own network...no matter what vendor it is. As for the "shit head" comment...grow up Hmmm...what sould I do with $3.33? Buy a happy meal or a share of Sprint?

15. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Repeating that lie doesn't make it true. How much more vague can their statements be, give us some dates, markets and pricing. The Boston and Seattle markets missed their Q4 '09 projection

18. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

One little spot? Try 27 Markets and 15 more by the end of this year, Hardly one little spot, and that little spot is huge compared to the Spot Verizon has.

19. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Sprints 4G right now covers 120 Million people 4G not regular voice, and considering there are 300 million people in the us I doubt this claim to be true wise guy. Get off your pills.

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