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Verizon to Complete LTE Network by 2014?

Could Verizon Wireless complete its nationwide deployment of proto-4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology by 2014?

That's the impression that Roger Gurnani, senior VP of product development at Verizon Wireless gives on his UNTV interview from CTIA. He runs down the timetable of Verizon's planned LTE deployment of a couple of test markets in 2009 and "30 or so" markets in 2010. He then suggests that the buildout could be completed relatively quickly after that. (See CTIA 2009: Verizon LTE Goin' Steady.) "From there we'll build it out in the next two, three years, where we'll have LTE deployed throughout our footprint," Gurnani says on the tape.

You can watch the whole interview here:

Verizon will be one of the first operators in the world to deploy LTE and will get to the mobile broadband technology before its key rival, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which intends to launch LTE in 2011. Verizon announced it will be using LTE equipment from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC). (See MWC 2009: Verizon Picks LTE Vendors.)

Verizon's timetable for LTE is considered ambitious by many observers, especially considering that the operator is planning to deploy in fresh 700 MHz spectrum that will open up this June as analog TV broadcasters move to digital. Nonetheless, even back in February, CTO Dick Lynch was talking about LTE coverage being similar in scope to Verizon's EV-DO offering by the end of 2010.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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