Verizon Wireless is now running a TV commercial that says this carrier will have its LTE service up and running next month. This 4G network will bring significantly faster data transfer speeds to mobile subscribers.
The carrier’s intention to have its LTE (Long Term Evolution) network up and running in December isn’t surprising — Verizon co-CEO Lowell McAdam said at the CTIA tradeshow in October that his company’s 4G network would be available to about one-third of the U.S. population by the end of this year.
The plan is to have 4G service running in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, before January 1.
McAdam said at the CTIA tradeshow, “With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.’
More about LTE
Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.
LTE is a data-only service, so Verizon’s first-generation LTE models are expected to also offer support for its voice-only network that uses the CDMA standard. These models will also include the 3G standard EV-DO.
Pricing and Availability
Verizon has not yet announced what it is going to charge for 4G service, and, according to the company’s other co-CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, has not yet decided. Still, users can expect to pay more for faster wireless access.
The first devices able to connect to this new service will be USB cards for laptops. Customers will have to wait until February for the first smartphone with 4G support.
Several more phones and tablets are scheduled for release by the middle of 2011.