The head of Verizon has just announced that his company will have six mobile devices with 4G service on the market by the middle of next year. Lowell McAdam also revealed the areas where Verizon is going to have LTE service up and running by the end of 2010.
Lowell McAdam made these announcements this afternoon during a keynote address at the CTIA tradeshow in San Francisco.
He promised that “LTE is not just about USB modems”, and said that his company is prepping “half a dozen smartphones and tablets” for release by mid-2011.
He did not, however, give any details on these upcoming devices. In the past, McAdam has said that HTC, LG, Motorola, and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion are all working on LTE-enabled models for his company.
4G for Millions
Verizon’s initial roll out of LTE (Long Term Evolution) will bring 4G service to 110 million potential customers by the end of this year.
Verizon will introduce the service in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, in the next few months. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in many commercial airports coast to coast, even in cities not part of the initial roll out.
McAdam said, “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.
This carrier’s first phase of its LTE roll out will include large areas of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York.
Further south, coverage will be available in Miami and all of south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.
In the Mid-west, Verizon’s LTE service is going to be available in Chicago, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh, and major cities in Ohio.
Also on the list are major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver, and Las Vegas.
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.