Verizon chooses Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to construct the first 4G network

Verizon chooses Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to construct the first 4G network
Today, at the MWC, Verizon’s chief technology officer, Dick Lynch, announced the vendors Verizon will be using for the rest of 2009 and 2010 in its venture of establishing the first 4G network in the United States. Those companies that will participate will be Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, which are sure to make a good use of the task. Alcatel-Lucent itself is still struggling to reorganize its business after the unpleasant post-merger period. However, in the mean time, a few other companies were ignored, since they have taken part in the trials with Verizon and Vodafone but were not selected for the process of building the network. These are Nortel Networks, Motorola, Huawei Technologies and Nokia Siemens Networks.

For the future network, Verizon will use the 700MHz spectrum that it has recently purchased.

source: TheWallStreetJournal



1. filteroff

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 18, 2009

I wonder what would be the big difference between 3G and the new 4G network (not to mention faster transfer rates)... As far as I know 4G standard has not been defined as of yet... Although there was some Japanese company NTT DoCoMo that has been testing a 4G communication system prototype that was capable of transmission rates of approximately 5 Gbit/s in the downlink with 12x12 MIMO using a 100MHz frequency bandwidth while moving at 10 km/h.

2. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea I think the speeds are certainly a big part. I'm guessing they will integrate advanced data features like video conferencing and more advanced features as well.

3. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

First 4g network? Um incase anybody hasnt noticed Wimax is fully deployed in two cities and climbing..........

4. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Hahaha Wimax "4G"? Thats like calling Edge "3G". What a joke. Wimax will give sprint an "edge" for the short term, but in two or three years they will be in the same boat AT&T is in now with 3G: Too invested in last year's technology (edge) and two years behind in rolling out today's technology (HSDPA). Wimax is only 4G by definition, if they built a new network at ALL, it would be called 4th generation, the same way a retarded great grandson would still be considered 4th generation. 4G, but everyone is still going to call him retarded.

5. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Well said.

6. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

That's shallow and a tad biased, WiMax has a migration path

7. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Exactly. Wimax has a migration "path". LTE has a migration "highway".

8. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Sprint can borrow the 1.6b it lost last quarter from Big Red to pay for the continued roll-out.

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