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Verizon to Launch LTE in 38 Major Markets By End of Year

San Fransisco, Ca CTIA Applications and Enterprise 2010

Verizon Press Conference –

Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell C. McAdam took the stage and laid out the his companies LTE (Long Term Evolution).  Verizon is planning to light up it’s LTE network to 110 million Americans, by the end of the year.  This is no soft launch; this is a major launch.  Mr. McAdam shared some experiences with us regarding current testing with LTE enabled phones.  He had been in Newark, NJ airport just the other day, he had a 3G phone and he was with someone who had a device that was being used to test LTE.  The LTE phone had zero bars showing but was still able to connect faster and with more stability due to the benefits of “fringe” coverage.  When asked about the average data rates that LTE will offer Verizon stated that they expect “4G average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.”

What about making voice calls as well as using data at the same time?  McAdam stated “in the beginning we will be offering dual mode, 3G and 4G devices”.  Voice will continue to operate on the 3G network due to the fact that there will not be coverage throughout the country.  In the future once they build out the network, they will switch to 4G for both.  With the ownership of the 700 MHz spectrum Verizon should have ubiquitous coverage throughout the United States.  Verizon has approached rural carriers to help Verizon build out it’s coverage in areas where they have less access presently. If rural carriers want to utilize the 700 MHz band, Verizon will be willing to open that up to those carriers.  Verizon has also said that they would be willing to help those smaller carriers buy the necessary equipment by giving them access to their hardware partners.  If a rural carrier chooses to take this route, Verizon will be willing to open up Roaming Agreements with these smaller companies.  Nearly 200 regional carriers were approached and currently 5 carriers have signed on fully.  When asked who these companies were, Mr McAdam stated, “These are announcements that those companies should make.”

McAdam also stated that one main benefit that they see in LTE, for Verizon, is that they own the rights to use the 700 MHz spectrum, which happens to cover all 50 states.  By leveraging that, dropped calls and loss of data connectivity (should) drop quite significantly.  Instead of having 3 to 5 different band radios that are constantly searching and switching over they will have one band.  This should provide a much more stable platform and also allow them to get devices tested and out to the consumer faster.

So what markets will be receiving LTE by years end?

Akron, Ohio – Athens, Georgia – Atlanta, Georgia – Baltimore, Md – Boston, Massachusetts – Charlotte, North Carolina – Chicago, Illinois – Cincinnati, Ohio – Cleveland, Ohio – Columbus, Ohio – Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas – Denver, Colorado – Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Houston, Texas – Jacksonville, Florida – Las Vegas, Nevada – Los Angeles, California – Miami, Florida – Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota – Nashville, Tennessee – New Orleans, Louisiana – New York, New York – Oakland, California – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Orlando, Florida – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Phoenix, Arizona – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Rochester, New York – San Antonio, Texas – San Diego, California – San Fransisco, California – San Jose, California – Seattle/Tacoma, Washington – St. Louis, Missouri – Tampa, Florida – Washington, D.C. – West Lafayette, Indiana – West Palm Beach, Florida

In addition to these metropolitan areas Verizon is also going to be deploying LTE in 62 airports across the country.

  • Austin Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshal, Glen Burnie, Maryland
  • Bob Hope, Burbank, California
  • Boeing Field/King County International, Seattle, Washington
  • Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago Midway International, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Kentucky
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas Love Field, Dallas, Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Denver International, Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, Texas
  • Greater Rochester International, Rochester, New York
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Honolulu International, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Florida
  • John F. Kennedy International, New York, New York
  • John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California
  • Kansas City International, Kansas City, Missouri
  • La Guardia, New York, New York
  • Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, California
  • Los Angeles International, Los Angeles, California
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, Louisiana
  • McCarran International, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Memphis International, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, California
  • Miami International, Miami, Florida
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nashville International, Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Castle, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Newark Liberty International, Newark, New Jersey
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, California
  • North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Orlando International, Orlando, Florida
  • Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Florida
  • Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Portland International, Portland, Oregon
  • Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, Virginia
  • Sacramento International, Sacramento, California
  • Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Antonio International, San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego International, San Diego, California
  • San Francisco International, San Francisco, California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, Washington
  • St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Florida
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Florida
  • Tampa International, Tampa, Florida
  • Teterboro, Teterboro, New Jersey
  • Trenton Mercer, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Washington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.
  • Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • William P. Hobby, Houston, Texas

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