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VZ: WiMax? Don't Fancy Yours Much!

WiMax was never going to be the "main horse" for providing mobile data services at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) as there is much greater potential in the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) path to fourth generation (4G) services, according to a leading executive at the carrier.

But that doesn't rule WiMax out of Verizon's plans completely. Talking to LRTV at the recent NXTcomm show in Las Vegas, Verizon's senior vice president of technology in charge of broadband and consumer services, Mark Wegleitner, said the operator had looked into WiMax for wireless broadband, but came away preferring the global wave of carrier support building behind LTE.

"We looked at WiMax as a supplement to a DSL deployment -- kind of a wireless DSL approach, maybe to get to areas where it was not economical to use copper facilities and it provided a reasonable broadband experience," explained Wegleitner.

"I think in a mass market sense, though, it wasn't going to ever be the main horse you wanted to ride, especially as we've seen greater and greater bandwidth requirements materialize in the consumer marketplace... our horse is LTE," he added.

Click on the video to see Wegleitner explain why LTE is Verizon's sturdy steed, and to see how the operator will soon get to 100 Gbit/s on select fiber networks:

There's likely to be much more chatter about the respective merits of pre-4G mobile technologies such as mobile WiMax and LTE as the networks begin to come online: All operators view the new technologies as a way to provide faster data uploads and downloads for consumers, and make some more money in the process.

Sprint is expecting to introduce its first mobile WiMax services in Baltimore, Md., this September. The third-ranked cellular operator is already talking about monthly tariffs of "$50 or less" for the data service. (See Sprint's WiMax Laundry List and 50 Buck Chuck.)

Verizon is planning to start very early deployments of LTE late in 2009, and stretch its faster footprint across the U.S. through 2010. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will follow later, with deployments planned in 2012. (See AT&T & Verizon to Use 700 MHz for 4G , AT&T 's Road to 4G, and Verizon Goes LTE.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

wap545 12/5/2012 | 3:37:06 PM
re: VZ: WiMax? Don't Fancy Yours Much! Interesting that they (VZ)did not comment on the technical capabilities of WiMAX (vs. LTE) opting to use the global reach of a LTE network as the reason for selecting LTE.
Here is something to chew on:
AT&T may suprise a lot of people by electing to use its (and new buy) AWS Spectrum (1700 and 2100Mhz) and maybe part of its 700Mhz spectrum with WiMAX for a Data Centric (vs. Cell voice)Mobile Broadband network.
They would love to leverage this early to market capability to get into Verizon Wireless face in some of their overlap markets.
Just watch what happens up in Canada with its recent AWS (1700 & 2100Mhz) auction and how quickly the winners move to deploy a Broadband Wireless Network using AWS and WiMAX.

Radio vendors better get on board with a WiMAX based AWS product (using FDD)if they are to address this new opportunity.

Jim A.
AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 3:36:39 PM
re: VZ: WiMax? Don't Fancy Yours Much! Well, I'd really doubt that WiMax would be AT&T's big bet.

Notably two weeks ago the NGMN Alliance on its Meeting in Frankfurt Germany announced that GÇ£based on intensive and detailed technology evaluations, 3GPP LTE/SAE is the first technology which broadly
meets its recommendations and is approved by its BoardGÇ¥ after running quite some evaluation on both LTE and WiMax.

AT&T sits on that board.

It's clear that all next gen technologies have some issues in some respect, but not all have the same level of issues, and that the support in the baord might not be unanimous, but still: This is quite a rooster of companies, and the board in such an organisation does certainly not vote based on simple majorities....

If you want to see whom else NGNM represents, see http://www.ngmn.org/index.php?...

BR !
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