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Verizon plans to cover 90% of the United States with 4G by the end of 2013.  (Source: Verizon)
Verizon's 4G is almost two years ahead of AT&T's

Verizon Wireless has begun user trials of its 4G LTE network in five U.S. cities, Tech Republic reports.

The nation's largest wireless carrier has been running technical trials in Boston and Seattle. In the Boston trials, average download speeds ranged between 5-12 Mbps, and average upload speeds saw a 2-5 Mbps range. These speeds may not sound like much -- compared to even T-Mobile's HSPA+ claims -- but Verizon's stated speeds are the average reported, rather than theoretical maximums that most carriers like to tout.

Technical trials are staged [and] tiered in accordance with industry standards. They’re [now] completed," said David Clevenger, Verizon's executive director of public affairs, in a conference call with developers. “The next phase is ‘friendly user trials,’ which means we’re looking for feedback on the network."

Verizon is the first major U.S. carrier to begin building its LTE network, with plans to launch the high-speed service in 25 to 30 cities across the country by the end of 2010. AT&T, Verizon's closest competitor in terms of size, is investing in its current 3G network and won't begin technical trials of LTE until 2011. That puts Verizon's 4G ahead of AT&T's by almost two years.

Verizon also recently announced plans to build out its LTE network in rural areas, where Sprint's WiMAX coverage map is as desolate as Tatoine.

The company did not announce which additional three cities it plans to test LTE in, or who the "users" will be. The trials are a key step in rolling out the new network -- Verizon's first based on GSM technology -- to the 100 million American the company plans to cover by year's end. Verizon plans to cover its existing 3G footprint with LTE by the end of 2013.



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RE: Saw the tech demo of this last year
By inperfectdarkness on 6/22/2010 12:57:24 PM , Rating: 2
or it's a sign of early adoption headaches. or a sign of questionable speedtest results--as was mentioned in the evo 4g article on anandtech.

it's all well and good to say that you're "averaging xxx speed"; but when yours is the only device on the system; and it's a trial--your results are just that...trials. while wi-max has been moderately disappointing thus far, the results have come from "real-world" testing--not labratory results.

p.s.

wi-max has nothing to do with 3g. it's not even REMOTELY 3.5g architecturally. LTE grew out of 2g/3g. wi-max is something entirely different; ieee 802.16


By StevoLincolnite on 6/22/2010 1:41:09 PM , Rating: 5
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or it's a sign of early adoption headaches. or a sign of questionable speedtest results--as was mentioned in the evo 4g article on anandtech.


It's bad enough the Americans have pretty poor 3G speeds to begin with. - When I went for a trip from Australia to Vegas the difference in mobile range and speed was pretty amazing.

For instance here in Australia in my own home I am achieving 15.5mbps on Telstra's NextG 3G network, and with the new modem being released which supports dual-carrier technology that speed should almost double. (Maximum of 42mbps, 84mbps due next year!)

Not to mention LTE tests here have shown 100mbps peak speeds (88.1mbps average) at a 75km range (46.6 miles).
I don't expect those speeds on LTE to be available for everyone, but I would be surprised if we didn't break at-least 30mbps for most people on LTE early on.

You guys should be demanding more, your Wireless networks are laughable at best. (Mind you I have only had experience with AT&T so I cannot speak for your other providers.)


By ksherman on 6/22/2010 1:42:27 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, WiMax has more in common with WiFi than it does with typical cell-based broadband.


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