Verizon talks 4G LTE speed

Verizon talks 4G LTE speed
Last week, Verizon's CTO made several comments about the company's LTE plans, once again assuring everyone that it will be up and running in 25-30 markets by the end of this year. But what about speed? Fast-forward to this week, as Verizon has issued a press release saying that 4G LTE speeds are faster than 3G, with tests in Boston and Seattle having peak download speeds of 40-50Mbps and uploads of 20-25Mbps. This is the "maximum" that it is capable of. However, Verizon engineers say that real-world results that customers can expect to see are 5-12Mbps for downloads and 2-5Mbps for uploads, which is still 5-10 times faster than what most customers get on the current 3G EVDO Rev A network (about 1.2Mbps). The testing has included data calls involved streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and Web browsing, as well as calls using VoIP. Even though Verizon has yet announced any LTE capable devices, most believe the first round will be USB modems for Laptop computers.

source: Verizon Wireless



1. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010


2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Here's hoping VZW gets a WP7S device with LTE by the first or second quarter of 2011.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Devices for LTE will probably debut around the middle of 2011. Until then, it's internet modems. I am just glad three of the four carriers are going to LTE. It will give consumers a better experience with their cellular service. Plus, I hope this brings an onslaught of unlocked phones.

6. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Yeah, I'd say middle of 2011 at the earliest.I think we'll start to see LTE phones late 2011

4. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Isn't t-mobile hspa network going to be faster? 21 Mbps ? And it's still considered 3G. So why is verizon already calling their network 4G? when t-mobiles 3G is going to be faster

5. JeffdaBeat unregistered

HSPA+ has a theoretical speed of 21Mbps. Actual speeds will be slower. LTE has theoretical speeds of 50Mbps. So really, LTE will be more than double the speed of current 3G.

7. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

We also gotta consider what the carriers are going to be using for their backend. It could turn out that T-Mo's 21 Mbps HSPA+ is faster (at least initially) if they have some super fast fiber going to their sites

8. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

actually LTE has theoretical speeds of 100+Mbps. Check out the info at They will give you more info than you could want to know about LTE technology.Just like HSPA first started with 2.7, then 7.2, then 14.4 to 21,8, LTE will more than likely get enhancements that keep improving it over time. But to be cost effective, I could see rolling out the basics in the beginning then upgrading more and more as time goes on for the next 5-10 years. Which could explain why VZW skipped goign to Rev-B with evdo, the upgrade in speed wasn't worth the investment. Just like AT&T and T-Mo should stop HSPA+ and just start investing in LTE, the ROI for the HSPA will not be worth it after a few years when it is obsolete.

10. j0nytn

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 16, 2010

ATT is going 4g with LTE along with Verizon

9. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

My favorite part about all this is that all the Verizon fanboys are talking smack about Sprint's 4G Wimax, and they get the exact same speeds, just 2 years later basically. Good job guys.

11. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

VZW will be able to put up 4G sites and expand its 4G footprint much faster than Sprint.

12. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

What makes you say that, Boston and Seattle have been testing for a yeart or more but still no switch flipped and the secrect 25-30 markets have been talked about for almost as long. I really do hope they match or are close to WiMax's original markets the same speeds at different prices can be compared. It's funny how when the 4G standards were being announced all over vzw fans and employees were saying how LTE speed would put WiMax to shame, they look pretty much identical to me

13. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

You're right they already have more makets now, Sprint has a lot of catching up to do. How nuch longer can testing go on I want to use all those LTE aircards, MiFi's and phones that are out now

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