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Verizon Picks 4G LTE Technology

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Verizon’s second big announcement of the week is that the company plans to develop and deploy its next generation mobile broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE), a technology more closely related to GSM, used by rival AT&T, which will also be upgrading to the LTE format.
Verizon Picks 4G LTE TechnologyGSM, as opposed to Verizon’s current CDMA, developed by Qualcomm, has five times as many users worldwide through companies like Vodaphone, joint owner of Verizon Wireless. LTE is a fourth generation technology, comparable to WiMax (which Sprint is banking on), and Qualcomm-backed Ultra Mobile Broadband, with theoretical speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Though don’t count on wireless speeds that fast right away, definitely not until well after launch sometime in 2009 or 2010. Verizon will be trialing the platform throughout 2008.

Verizon says it seeks to open up the kinds of devices used on its network beyond mobile phones.

"With a host of new devices and applications, and a particular focus on embedded wireless in virtually every piece of electronics you buy in any store, we believe LTE is the best technology with global scale to deliver on the promise,” said Richard Lynch, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon Communications.

Because Verizon is switching to the same technology as AT&T, it also means that subscribers will be able to move between networks thanks to Verizon’s new open devices policy, announced at the beginning of this week.

At the time of that earlier announcement, it was unclear the impact an open devices policy would have because of the incompatibility between Verizon’s CDMA network and the rest of the world’s (save for Sprint) use of GSM.  

Verizon Picks 4G LTE Technology
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  • Andre McFarlin

    The others better look out, Verizon is on the move!

    • Al

      Verizon has a long way to go to catch up to AT&T!!! AT&T has better coverage than Verzon. I had Verzon for 4 years and couldn’t even get a signal in my home. Since I switched to AT&T I have been very happy. I have the new Iphone and it is fantastic!!! I am devoted to AT&T and will never switch to any other carrier. Take a hike Verizon!!

      • James

        I am sorry to dissapoint you my friend, but you must live under an AT&T tower if you think that it has better coverage than VERIZON. I will say I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the iPhone, but after having it for 4 days it made me very sad to have to take it back to the store and return it because I love it so much. Verizon has the best coverage in the united states PERIOD! I don’t care what you or anyone else says. AND if Apple would just give VERIZON a chance with the iPhone. MAN OH MAN, I would definately want to own some APPLE stock when that happened because the apple stock would blow through the roof. VERIZON (THE BEST CELL SERVICE) + APPLE iPhone = SUCCESS no matter how you look at it!!

  • Chew Kok Sim

    TeliaSonera will lanuch the 1st commercial LTE in the world on 2010.

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