Verizon has been talking a lot about how they would be the first to launch with LTE and that their ‘4G’ solution would be the end all of solutions. This may end up being true but in the short term a smaller carrier, MetroPCS, has already launched their LTEnetworks in select markets. Verizon will likely be the first major carrier out of AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to launch LTE although Sprint’s WiMax service is capable of similar speeds.
The plan, announced by President and COO Lowell McAdam, is to simultaneously launch in 38 metropolitan markets covering 110 Million Americans. That’s actually 8 more markets than had been previously stated. In addition to that, they plan to launch at more than 60 airports coast to coast, many of which we suspect will be within those 38 cities as many major cities have more than one airport [NYC and Chicago]. Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. This is in contrast to Sprint’s WiMax service which covers 55 different cities and is capable of speeds ranging from 7 to 11 Mbps. Furthermore, carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T are beginning to roll out their HSPA+ networks which are slated to be competitive in speed to Verizon’s LTE and Sprint’s WiMax even though they aren’t necessarily ‘4G’ which is what makes the whole ‘4G’ marketing term a sham to begin with.
Those kinds of speeds spell that Verizon should be expected to launch a series of high-bandwidth devices that are capable of streaming high definition video as well as video chatting much like the WiMax technology enables Sprint’s Evo and Epic 4G users. Verizon claims that they will be announcing a slew of new handsets and tablets during CES in January to be available in the first half of 2011. So, when Verizon’s LTE network first launches expect them to go the same route as sprint and offer USB based modems for laptops and Verizon Mifi devices with LTE capabilities.
Below is a map of all the cities getting LTE service [we’re hesitant to officially call LTE or WiMax 4G standards as they aren’t quite yet]
Listed below are all of the cities that are represented on the map and will have service during the initial deployment of LTE service:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Los Angeles, California
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Rochester, New York
San Antonio, Texas
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
St. Louis, Missouri
West Lafayette, Indiana
West Palm Beach, Florida
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