Verizon Confirms December LTE Launch

Verizon Wireless is throwing its hat in the FauxG marketing wars while also confirming a December launch date for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

In what is sure to be the first of many commercials, Verizon aired an ad last night touting LTE as "coming December 2010." The commercial played up the network's lightening-fast speeds on a netbook, but Verizon will only offer USB dongles at launch. Smartphones and other devices will come in the first half of 2011.

Why it matters
Light Reading Mobile has been predicting an early December launch date for a while now, even as rumors swirled of a Nov. 15 launch. The operator will likely take its network live in the initial promised markets, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and New York City, before the holiday hubbub takes over. (See Verizon Readies '4G' for December and Waiting on LTE.)

The carrier has promised to have 39 LTE networks up and running covering 100 million before the end of the year, so a launch sooner rather than later in December appears to be in the cards.

For more
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:49 PM
re: Verizon Confirms December LTE Launch

It has been pointed out on a previous post before that Plano, and not Dallas, is a FiOS city (areas with FiOS will tend to get preferential treatment from Verizon in terms of LTE).  However, if one looks from the sign, "Welcome to Plano," on the highway, the downtown Dallas skyline can be seen.  In addition, Verizon had deployed a fiber backbone within Dallas itself, but decided not to pull the trigger in offering the FiOS service.  Within Verizon, the discussion regarding its FiOS (and future LTE) deployment is about both "Dallas" and "Los Angeles" (a lot of people who work in LA live in Orange County and the fiber is close enough to have a beneficial impact on 4G in LA).

Mark Lutkowitz, Telecom Pragmatics

Koda23 12/5/2012 | 4:17:48 PM
re: Verizon Confirms December LTE Launch

Here's a recent article that talks about Verizon's "FauxG" launch in Silicon Valley, although the term LTE is never mentioned.


The article actually seems to focus more on the Sprint/Clearwire WiMax offering.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:17:48 PM
re: Verizon Confirms December LTE Launch


A fiber backbone in Dallas is there to support business services provided by Verizon in Dallas.  This is greatly different that running fiber out to homes to provide FiOS.  The reach of LTE is not greater than 3G so they will depend on both the fiber backbone and local services from AT&T. 

The ROADM backbone from FiOS could be reused to deliver many services.  That is entirely different than the local PON services delivered by the FTTH offering.

Another thing you should note was the 12.5 million homes passed and approximately 4M homes connected.  From the other thread, the cost to add the 150 Mb/s service = $0.  That is the power of FTTH.



spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:47 PM
re: Verizon Confirms December LTE Launch

It is a smart move on the part of Verizon to get very specific about the areas served as in the Mercury News article.  It will keep Clearwire/Sprint on the defensive because the more area that the WiMAX solution has to cover, the higher the cost penalty.


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