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When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
12/4/2009
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A Verizon Wireless Website on its upcoming Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network appears to reveal data speed details, but a spokesman for the operator says that it is not yet giving a date for the launch.

As of press time, the LTE Website says that Verizon will launch the network in 2010. Verizon spokesman Jeffery Nelson says that the operator is giving "no date" beyond that for a launch yet. The site also notes that "LTE will be supporting average data rates per user of 5 to 12 Mbit/s in the forward link, and 2 to 5 Mbit/s in the reverse link." Nelson, however, says those numbers are "theoretical" at the moment.

Earlier this week, the site had said that the operator would launch the network in mid to late 2010. This led Unstrung blogger Paul Kapustka to suggest on his Sidecut Reports site that the operator was possibly pulling back on its original LTE launch plans.

Not so, says Nelson in an an email reply to questions from Unstrung. "We've never messaged what part of 2010 (so maybe somebody assumes it's by the end of 2010)," he writes.

The LTE speeds posted suggest that the technology is faster than average 3G networks and a bit speedier than the rival mobile WiMax services. Clearwire is claiming maximum speeds exceeding 10 Mbit/s, with average speeds between 2 Mbit/s and 6 Mbit/s for its WiMax network.

Naturally, the "theoretical" LTE speeds fall far below what early testing suggested. There had been reports of between 50- and 60-Mbit/s downloads with the technology in initial tests. Early testing, however, generally takes place in ideal conditions, and the numbers always fall when the technology hits the real world. (See WiMax & LTE Meet the Real World.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:42 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


Mr. Nelson says Verizon "never messaged" a delivery timeframe? So the wording on the previous page was what... a typo?


LOL...  glad we took a screen shot when we did! Maybe Verizon can give us a ship date for the "official" version of the page, when all the "messages" are complete.

kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:42 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


Mr. Nelson says Verizon "never messaged" a delivery timeframe? So the wording on the previous page was what... a typo?


LOL...  glad we took a screen shot when we did! Maybe Verizon can give us a ship date for the "official" version of the page, when all the "messages" are complete.

lteportal
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lteportal,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:35 PM
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It appears that Verizon is ready to launch its offerings over LTE in Q1'10 (potential). This is per the 3G Americas and Informa Telecoms and Media LTE commitment document updated as of Dec'09. You can view this document here (see number / line 114 in the .pdf). http://bit.ly/4ZvEXl

kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:34 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


There's no actual information in the link you provided, other than some anonymous recap of Verizon's publicly announced plans for 2010. But, your equally anonymous and weak LTE website gets a free plug, so I guess your comment was worthwhile... to whoever you are.

kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:34 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


There's no actual information in the link you provided, other than some anonymous recap of Verizon's publicly announced plans for 2010. But, your equally anonymous and weak LTE website gets a free plug, so I guess your comment was worthwhile... to whoever you are.

lteportal
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lteportal,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:34 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


Apologies if you treated it as anonymity as it was clearly not. The link was shortened to avoid long entries. You can do this, too. Use http://bit.ly


Also, the LTE Deployment Status .pdf document reads Q1 2010 on line 114; and it is, potential, of course. We will all be happy once Verizon confirms the actual timeline.


Thank you much.

kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:33 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


I meant anonymous as in nobody has signed their name to the delivery schedules, just like your site, where there are no names, attribution, etc. Unless of course your name is "lteportal" which probably means... what? You are from the future, and planet 4G?


 

kaps
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kaps,
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12/5/2012 | 3:51:33 PM
re: When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?


I meant anonymous as in nobody has signed their name to the delivery schedules, just like your site, where there are no names, attribution, etc. Unless of course your name is "lteportal" which probably means... what? You are from the future, and planet 4G?


 

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