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Verizon is blowing past AT&T when it comes to its LTE rollout

Verizon is well on its way to start opening up its next generation 4G wireless service by the end of 2010. According to eWeek, Verizon plans to have its LTE network up and running in 30 "NFL Cities" by year's end -- in total, 100 million customers will be covered.

In preparation for the rollout, Verizon will be using IPv6 and upgrading its cell sites to Gigabit Ethernet to provide the necessary bandwidth to accommodate the increased data speeds provided by LTE. In Verizon's case, download speeds will range from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps. Upload speeds will come in at 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps. In addition, latency for users will range from 30 ms to 150 ms.

For those keeping score, Verizon has already begun LTE user trials in five cities. Also, the company has announced plans to build out its LTE network in rural areas. Rural customers have long been an underserved segment of the population when it comes to wired and mobile broadband connectivity.

By the end of 2012, Verizon hopes to put its $100 billion USD investment in its data network (since 2000) to good use by reaching roughly 200 million customers. By 2013, the company wants to reach roughly 90 percent of the U.S. population.

The first customers to use Verizon's LTE network will be doing so with USB adapters. However, handsets which operate on LTE will start hitting the market next year.

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The Map
By RugMuch on 9/16/2010 3:13:33 PM , Rating: 3
Who the hell made this map. I bet you more than half of the postings are outside of 50 miles of where the football team is e.g. Denver

RE: The Map
By MrTeal on 9/16/2010 3:21:29 PM , Rating: 2
I know, it's useless. They also forgot the LA team above San Diego.

Oh, wait...

RE: The Map
By SAmely on 9/16/2010 5:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
You really want me to believe the Dallas Cowboys don't play somewhere between Sherman and Texarkana?

RE: The Map
By fic2 on 9/16/2010 6:44:33 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! I thought that was a spot on the map. I live in Denver and I am pretty d*mn sure that spot is not where I live! Also, I am from 35 miles north of Dallas, but the Cowboys sticker is farther north than I lived.

RE: The Map
By mikeyD95125 on 9/17/2010 12:01:42 AM , Rating: 3
It looks they are assuming the 49ers are moving down to Santa Clara also. Hopefully they are including more of the bay area than just the City and Oakland. Really, Raiders fans will just destroy the 4G towers in a riot anyway.

Green F'ing Bay, WI
By torpor on 9/16/2010 5:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
I live in Milwaukee.

I know people in Green Bay who whine and complain about the much it cost to refurb the stadium, traffic, players, etc. (It's not quite as complete a fan base as you're told - although it's close)

They never believe me when I tell them about how it raises their national profile, how it drives business in.

Now Green F'ing Bay gets 4G before anyone (including Sprint, for whom I have a 4G phone) brings it to Milwaukee or Madison.

RE: Green F'ing Bay, WI
By rrburton on 9/17/2010 7:24:55 AM , Rating: 3
Go bears!

RE: Green F'ing Bay, WI
By bobcpg on 9/17/2010 10:48:25 AM , Rating: 4
Could you say you got Favre'd by Verizon

Is the latency really that good?
By Shig on 9/16/2010 5:29:29 PM , Rating: 2
"30ms - 150ms"

I guess my real question is, will 4G be good enough to game on? Or would you constantly drop your signal over and over and disconnect?

People with 4G, need your thoughts.

RE: Is the latency really that good?
By CZroe on 9/16/2010 8:26:26 PM , Rating: 2
LTE may be 4G, but 4G is not always LTE. So far, current 4G customers are on WiMax (Sprint).

RE: Is the latency really that good?
By wolrah on 9/17/2010 1:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking from the Sprint/WiMax perspective, yes 4G is plenty fast to game on. I saw sub-25ms pings on my Evo running the app multiple times around Chicago. I'd expect Verizon's LTE to be similar.

5 Mbps to 12 Mbps
By Salisme on 9/16/2010 5:58:40 PM , Rating: 2
5 Mbps to 12 Mbps

Jebus, that's better than my Time Warner connection. And since my data plan is only $30 a month, its also half price for double the speed! Thats beautiful!

RE: 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps
By phantom505 on 9/16/2010 6:58:30 PM , Rating: 2
There is about zero chance you'll get 4G at that price, unless you use so little a low cap won't bother you much. They got rid of that data plan already anyhow. It's about $60/mo for 5GB if you use a wireless modem. I'm guessing 4G will cost a bit more and may or may not have the same cap.

By thekdub on 9/17/2010 10:52:45 AM , Rating: 1
If football has anything to do with the LTE rollout, either Cincinnati won't get it at all, or Mike Brown will force Cincinnati taxpayers to pay for the towers and upkeep of the system regardless of whether or not they are subscribers.

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