So far, Verizon isn't saying much about its dates, except that it will deploy between 25 and 30 markets in 2010. (See When Will Verizon Launch LTE in 2010?)
Bruce Brda, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) senior VP and GM for the vendor's home & networks mobility group, for instance, isn't expecting carrier LTE pioneers to launch the new technology too early in the new year.
"I hate to speak for the carrier deployment plans, so I'm not going to answer your question directly, but I think that the early adopters are going to be a little later than we expected," he told Unstrung recently.
"Our industry sources indicate the new division of Cisco may consider adding RAN [radio access network] into the portfolio," wrote Catharine Trebnick of Avian Securities LLC in a report when Cisco announced its Starent buy. "Once Cisco adds the RAN piece it will compete head on with the traditional end-to-end mobile suppliers such as Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), Nokia Networks , Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)."
— The Staff, Unstrung