Verizon Wireless is finally saying when it will go live with Long-Term Evolution, in this week's roundup of news on the new mobile broadband technology.
As expected, Verizon is going commercial with its LTE network in the fourth quarter. "In the fourth quarter, we'll be turning on [commercial] markets as planned," Verizon Wireless chief technology officer Dick Lynch toldPaul Kapustka of Sidecut Reports and our Kaps Korner blog. This will follow friendly trials of the technology in the third quarter. (See So, What Is Verizon’s LTE Launch Date? and CTIA 2010: Verizon LTE Gets Friendly.)
The operator is planning to have 25 to 30 markets up and ready at launch. Data downlink speeds on the new networks are expected to average between 5 Mbit/s and 12 Mbit/s. (See CTIA 2010: Vegas Gadget Revue.)
Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) says its TD-LTE network in Shanghai is commercially ready and has been demonstrating what it claims is the first TD-LTE USB dongle. The vendor's "TD-LTE Showcase Network Opening Ceremony" was in Shanghai on April 15. Delegates at the ceremony saw applications that run over a TD-LTE network via USB dongles, including a high-definition video wall -- with 24 simultaneous video streams -- and "high-speed" Internet browsing applications. Motorola is using Sequans Communications chips in the dongle. (See Motorola's Shanghai Hope.)
Verizon broke ground on its LTE innovation center in Waltham, Mass., this week. Our sister publication Information Week has the details.
Here's a few more LTE tidbits you may have missed: