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Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Verizon Wireless is promising that it will match its 3G footprint with faster Long-Term Evolution (LTE) in 2013, which it says is on track to cover about 100 million people when the proto-4G technology is launched later this year.

Talking on a developer's Webcast Tuesday morning, Tony Lewis, Verizon's VP of Open Development, gave a quick update on the readiness of the network. "Everything is on track for commercial launch," Lewis said. (See LTE Watch: Verizon Goes Live in Q4.)

Lewis says it will launch with 25 to 30 markets, which will cover about 100 million people, by the end of this year. This number will rise to 200 million in 2012.


He added that the company will likely add LTE coverage in some places that don't have 3G today in 2013. The company will continue doing that in 2014, which is when the carrier is expected to complete the nationwide deployment. (See Verizon to Complete LTE Network by 2014?.)

Verizon has promised average download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbit/s on the LTE network, initially with data cards for laptops but with smartphones arriving in the first half of 2011. By way of comparison, Verizon's 3G service currently offers maximum downloads of 3.1 Mbit/s, which average down around to 1 Mbit/s. (See LTE Watch: Verizon Shows Off in Boston.) The company says that technical trials on the network have now been completed. "Later this summer -- or early in the fall -- we'll start friendly trials in five cities in US, which will include Boston and Seattle," Verizon spokesman Jeff Nelson said. (See CTIA 2010: Verizon LTE Gets Friendly.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:18 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Well they said Boston & Seattle tech trials are completed. So presumably they could start those if they have data cards etc ready to go.

Kevin Mitchell 12/5/2012 | 4:32:18 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Depends on the defintiion of summer. Is this by the calender and the Earth's orbit? Could they mean the summer in the Southern Hemisphere? Or are they banking on an Indian summer in October?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:18 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Interesting that Verizon is now saying "later this summer or early fall" for friendly trials, they initially said they would hold them in the summer time-frame. Jeff Nelson was insistent that "we haven't slipped" on the webcast itself, does this count as a slip I wonder?


 


 

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:32:15 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Verizon still looks to be the most aggressive large providers in 4G rollout (other than Sprint). Does this change the picture at all, d'ya think? 


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joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:14 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

They're going to need to match the 3G footprint closely to start so they can offer dual-mode services on data cards. Lewis said that they could start building out in some places that weren't 3G in 2013.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:14 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

It clarifies it a bit. They're clearly not thinking of this as a pure cellular service. LTE could be a DSL replacement for them in rural areas. They can offer it to users as a mobile extension to FiOS in cities. The kind of coverage they're talking about makes it good for smart grid and M2M apps too.

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 4:32:14 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

Is Verizon planning to build the LTE network on the same sites as its 3G network? I wonder to what extent they will do that, given that some think LTE will need many more and much smaller cells than 3G to cover the same area and get the expected performance.

gchoi 12/5/2012 | 4:31:47 PM
re: Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013

If every 3G macrocell were suddenly magically replaced by a LTE macrocell, there would be gaps given the faster dropoff of data rates and throughput (based on distance from the tower) for LTE vs. 3G/HSPA/+. &nbsp;We absolutely believe that small cell deployments will be a baseline component of LTE roll-outs, as well as an important element in solving related problems prior to LTE's widespread arrival.

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