Wireless has begun user trials of its 4G LTE network in five U.S.
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
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
next phase is ‘friendly user trials,’ which means we’re looking
for feedback on the network."
is the first major U.S. carrier to begin building its LTE network,
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.
also recently announced
plans to build out its LTE network in rural areas,
WiMAX coverage map is as desolate as Tatoine.
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.
quote: Prices will likely go down once the second or third provider has a comparable network in place.