Verizon Sees Long Term Evolution

C-block Spectrum in Use by 2010

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Verizon said this morning the company will launch its next-generation wireless broadband network, dubbed Long Term Evolution (LTE) after sometime in 2010, approximately a year after the large swath of C-block 700 MHz spectrum the company won in a recent FCC auction becomes available.

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Television broadcasters, who will be required to switch to all-digital signals in 2009, are currently using the spectrum. Google bluffed its competing bids in order to drive the price of the spectrum above the promised $4.6 billion reserve. The FCC required this minimum price in order to enforce openness standards.

Verizon paid $9.36 billion to license what it calls “the FCC-termed” C-block (Verizon and critics used to call it the Google Block after Google pushed for open standards) and 102 individual licenses in the A and B blocks. The C-block is nationwide, covering every state but Alaska. The company says the spectrum provides a speed and performance advantage to increase the capabilities of next-generation wireless devices, including wireless phones, medical devices, and gaming consoles.

“We now have sufficient spectrum to continue growing our business and data revenues well into – and possibly through – the next decade, and this is the very best spectrum with excellent propagation and in-building characteristics,” said Verizon president and CEO Lowell McAdam, in a statement.

“We also believe that the combination of the national, contiguous, same-frequency C-block footprint and our transition to LTE will make Verizon the preferred partner for developers of a new wave of consumer electronics and applications using this next generation technology.”

Verizon Sees Long Term Evolution
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  • http://www.a-g-c-c.com/default.html Guest

    I don’t understand why a company as well known as Verizon would want to push the 700MHz, which I am assuming includes cell phones, when the European Union is currently 900/1800 MHz GSM.  We still cannot make a phone call to Europe or from any country outside the USA on our cell phones, and the 700NHz isn’t going to help this situation.  When will the communications companies start thinking on a more global level? More Americans travel for business than ever before.  It is near impossible to find a GSM cell phone in the US that can also be used overseas.  We all know why one cell phone won’t work with another service provider, but at least give the public a choice.  Verizon is a communications company, isn’t it?

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  • Chris

    This may be an older article but I’m assuming that long term evolution(LTE) runs on 700mhz which they plan to use here and in Europe with them and their sister company vodaphone in Europe. If it goes up this will make some ease for us overseas in finding connections for our phones.

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