Verizon Prods Apple on LTE

Outgoing Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) chairman & CEO Ivan Seidenberg says that he hopes that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will "get with the program" and introduce Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices on the operator's new proto-4G network.

Talking at a Goldman Sachs & Co. conference on Thursday morning, Seidenberg said he felt that momentum to bring LTE devices to market faster was growing. Verizon is rumored to be launching commercial services on LTE in 30 markets in the US this December. (See Verizon Readies '4G' for December.)

"I’m hoping that the success we’ve had with Droid will encourage Apple, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Samsung Corp. , even Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to make devices for 4G," Seidenberg told the investor audience. The CEO said he expects Verizon to have 4G device capability in the first quarter of 2011.

"We’ve already said we’ll have a tablet," he noted. Indeed, Seidenberg declared that he believes that the tablet market will "explode" on LTE.

Seidenberg didn't add any color on the exact launch date for LTE service but did reveal that Verizon is now tuning and testing the network: "We've actually had the 4G network in the 30 or so markets up and running since June."

Seidenberg also revealed that LTE will go live in "50 airports" as LTE rolls out. "Some of those won't be in the same markets as the 30 markets."

Meanwhile, while Seidenberg noted that Verizon will introduce tiered prices and bundles for LTE, he doesn't think that Verizon will slavishly follow other operators' capping concepts. "The data experience we’re going to offer is going to be better, so the tiers and bundles might be different," Seidenberg said. (See Vodafone CEO Talks Up Data Caps .) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:22:46 PM
re: Verizon Prods Apple on LTE I'm pretty convinced that's why he kept mentioning tablets during the call, 4 times if I recall right. Basically a bigger tablet form gives them a lil more wiggle room in terms of cost and integration. I still think that 2012 makes sense for the launch of an lte iphone. Given the cost of the chips it doesn't make sense before then.
m__reed 12/5/2012 | 4:22:46 PM
re: Verizon Prods Apple on LTE

Everyone knows the hype cycle for technology,  everyone seems to have short memories with regard to 3G too.  Remember when in 1999 everyone was going to get 2Mbps to a 3G device??  There are plenty of places where that is still not possible! 

Wireless operators know that with shared resources and shared wireless systems that initially LTE will be about coverage and not about capacity - therefore HSPA/DC-HSPA will provide users for many years to come a truely great experience.  Throw in small cell (femtocell) technology (100k units shipping into Japan per month presently) and suddenly you can have your own personal basestation providing you 21mbps Today!  An iPhone cannot even support these rates (yet)!

The other issue not to forget is the "chicken and egg" scenario with regards to new standards and the infrastructure and handsets - this also happens everytime, the infrastructure guys don't want to deploy expensive hardware if there is no eco-system of handsets and the handset guys will not manufacturer until there is a great infrastructure deployment.  This will cause delays as neither players want to show their hand first - and, bye the way, deploy the expensive hardware before the price comes down!  In this regard T-Mobile in the USA has done a great job of coming to the party late and taking advantage of the low cost hardware, while providing, according to reports, a great user experience.

Although there is a beachhead of new spectrum at lower frequencies I don't see any change in the trend here and when LTE comes off the hype cycle HSPA systems will be providing the solid user experience for many many years to come, while LTE gets over the hangover and starts to climb out of the valley of despair!


pdonegan67 12/5/2012 | 4:22:44 PM
re: Verizon Prods Apple on LTE

Agreed. The great value that Apple has brought to the wireless industry is precisely the ability to think outside the bubble of the industry. The same applies to 4G. Apple is only interested in where the volumes are, not what number is in front of the ‘G’. And from a global perspective the volumes in high performance mobile broadband smartphones are all in 3G HSPA for the foreseeable future. That’s why Apple won’t be out with an LTE iPhone any time soon. The only “program” Steve Jobs is interested in is the profitability of his product line.

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