Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

Verizon Wireless says that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network now covers more than half of the U.S. population as 15 new towns and cities go live Thursday.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based operator says that the network, which offers average download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbit/s, is now potentially accessible to more than 160 million Americans. The new markets include towns and cities in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah.

Why this matters
Verizon is reminding the world that it is the LTE leader in the U.S. ahead of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s launch of its first five cities using the 4G technology, which is expected soon. (See AT&T LTE Network 'Coming Soon'.) Verizon is now expecting to cover 185 million by the end of the year. It has said it will match its 3G footprint with LTE by the end of 2013. (See Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013.)

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:55:53 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

What do you think? Could it be the Galaxy LTE tab or something else?

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:55:51 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

What are your thoughts on the potential for Apple to launch an LTE iPad on Verizon before they do on ATT?  Since Verizon is well ahead on it's build out, in some ways it would make sense.  And would be a "killer" for VZ sales.

2nd question, is VZ supporting voice on the LTE network at this time, or only data like with dongles and tablets?  

3rd question, is VZ offering a device that can seamlessly use both the "LTE" network and the existing CDMA based 3 G network?

inquiring minds want to know.


^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:55:50 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

Of course, Apple has also shown a propensity to wait until networks are mature and more fully rolled out before they jump in.  E.g. the rollout of the 3G iphone.  

So Apple might just take the same approach with LTE / 4G and be later to the party.

I hope not, but that could easily be their defacto decision.


^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:55:50 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

I think apple wants to sell lots of tablets.  If VZ is ready only a few months before ATT, I would guess that apple would hold back.  But if VZ is truly a couple of years ahead of ATT, then I would think Apple might be tempted as they would not like it much if the VZ LTE network got saturated with someone else's tablets before Apple got into the game.  

And, more to the point, do you think Apple needs ATT more than ATT needs apple?  What would ATT wireless numbers have looked like if they had not had the iphone 2 years earlier than VZ.

So, it is a question of would ATT getting angry be more of a problem for apple, or would apple getting angry be more of a problem for ATT?

Also with regards your comment about seemless handoff between 3g and 4g... I would think this should be relatively straight forward as based on my reading and understanding, no one on the ATT - VZ duopoly is actually deploying what I would call true LTE, but rather only souped up versions of the 3g technology that they have been allowed to "brand" 4G and LTE. 

Maybe Sprint - Clearwire or maybe T-mobile is actually deploying real, fully implemented LTE.  But I don't think ATT-VZ is.  

I know the various industry groups have given tacit approval for carriers to label their faster 3G stuff as "4G" or "LTE" but that it is not actually full LTE as defined by the standards bodies some time ago.  Rather an interim "good enough" step that minimizes capital expenditures.

hence, the 3G - 4G interworking should be relatiely straightforward.


joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:55:50 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

1. Verizon getting LTE devices before AT&T would really tick off Ma Bell. Does Apple want to do that to AT&T?


2. Voice-over-LTE expected sometime in 2012. I would bet later in 2012.


3. Hand-off between LTE and 3G is relatively smooth now. They had some teething troubles. Hand-offs at vehicular speed might be more of an issue.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:55:45 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

Both Verizon and AT&T are deploying true LTE based on OFDM radio modulation techniques. The confusion comes because the ITU originally wanted to call LTE-Advanced (which should start to arrive in 2012-13 timeframe) 4G but relented and said that current WiMAx and LTE could be called 4G as well.


To further confuse matters, AT&T and T-mobile now brand their 3G HSPA+ networks as "4G". My advice, ignore the Gs feel out the average upload and download speeds.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 4:55:45 PM
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Lol, well, good advice, except that you cannot try out the speeds until you sign up!  Then you are locked into a contract.  

And no, going to a retail store to "try them out" is not the same as really testing them for throughput and effectivity.

Onto your other comment re: "true LTE" and regards 3G interworking.  Are they then supplying user radios with all the frequency bands, and both kinds of modulation OFDM and the modulation used in 3G? are the new LTE phones using MIMO antennae?

Thanks for any clarification.


joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:55:44 PM
re: Verizon Wireless Covers 160M+ With LTE

I don't know of anything supporting MU-MIMO requirements yet. Happy to be corrected if anyone knows differently.

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