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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.

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