The carrier has said it expects users to see 5 to 12 Mbit/s average speeds from the network. "That range includes mobility," Sawanobori said on a GSM Association (GSMA) call Thursday.
Neither AT&T nor Verizon is expecting to switch on voice-over-IMS VoIP systems for LTE as soon as the networks go live, it also emerged. Verizon says it's planning to do that in 2011 or 2012, while AT&T is looking at 2012.
Similarly, neither carrier will stop investing in its 3G footprint after LTE is commercially available. Sawanobori says that he expects investment in voice and 3G CDMA networks until the end of the decade.
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