DoCoMo LTE Devices in 2010

8:20 AM -- LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) will ship Long-Term Evolution (LTE) modem chips to NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) from March 2010, according to a report in The Korea Times.

An LG spokesman confirmed that DoCoMo will use its LTE modem chips, but he did not specify the shipment date and would say only that the products would ship next year. (See Korean LTE Handsets in 2010? and Gearing Up for LTE.)

The date is important to note because it gives an indication for when services might actually launch in Japan as well as in the U.S., since DoCoMo and Verizon Wireless have the most ambitious LTE deployment plans in the world. (See LTE Phones Will Lag Behind Networks .)

But LTE modem shipments from March 2010 for DoCoMo is in line with what Verizon CTO Dick Lynch told Unstrung earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress about the U.S. operator's LTE device plans. He said Verizon expected to launch initially with data cards in 2010. (See MWC 2009: Verizon Picks LTE Vendors and Verizon Unveils LTE Open Device Specs.)

LG showed off an LTE modem at the Mobile World Congress in March and said that its device was capable of wireless download speeds of 60 Mbit/s and upload speeds of 20 Mbit/s.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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