Breaking news today from Verizon Wireless, who announced approximately 15 minutes ago that the first LTE 4G data call had been completed in Boston, MA, followed shortly thereafter by Seattle, WA. The calls, initiated by devices provided by LG and Samsung, involved streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and web browsing. More importantly however, the voice element was successfully completed using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), a question that was initially raised due to LTE's challenges in regards to voice transmission.
Each of the cities have 10 LTE 4G cell sites up and running, and were chosen by network planners due to their "geographic configuration of suburban and urban areas as well as the areas? high-technology population." Verizon Wireless is scheduled to commercially launch their LTE 4G network in 30 markets in 2010, followed by a rapid push for full nationwide coverage by 2013.
VERIZON WIRELESS COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL LTE 4G DATA CALLS IN BOSTON AND SEATTLE
Trials Include First Field-Level Tests Integrating Network Vendors? 4G Technology Over 700 MHz Spectrum
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. ? Verizon Wireless today completed its first successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth generation (4G) data call in Boston based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard; the company also announced today that it had earlier completed the first LTE 4G data call based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard in Seattle. The successful data calls involved streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and Web browsing. Significantly, Verizon Wireless has successfully made data calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable voice transmissions over the LTE 4G network.
In collaboration with its network infrastructure providers, the wireless leader's successful completion of the data calls over its 700 MHz spectrum in Boston and Seattle marks the next step in its deployment for building its LTE 4G wireless network, which is being built on the 3GPP Release 8 standard. In both locations, the data calls were executed on commercial infrastructure platforms.
Technology partners helping to enable data calls in these initial markets include Alcatel-Lucent (Boston) and Ericsson (Seattle) for base station/radio access network, LG and Samsung for trial devices, and Starent Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks for network equipment. Devices from LG and Samsung will soon be supplemented by devices from ST-Ericsson, Motorola and Qualcomm.
Tony Melone, senior vice president and chief technical officer at Verizon Wireless, said, ?Verizon Wireless, with outstanding cooperation from our partner suppliers, is fully committed to harnessing the power of LTE over our 700 MHz spectrum. This combination of state-of-the-art technology and prime spectrum will soon make a ubiquitous, highly mobile, super-fast broadband experience a reality for customers. This significant milestone in our LTE 4G network testing, exemplified by the first data calls in Boston and Seattle, further validates our early support and decision to select LTE as the standard for our next-generation wireless broadband network.?
Boston and Seattle each now have 10 LTE 4G cell sites up and running on the 700 MHz spectrum. These LTE 4G markets were selected by network planners due to their geographic configuration of suburban and urban areas as well as the areas? high-technology population. The trials will help Verizon Wireless and its LTE 4G network partners understand issues that include how to best prepare cell sites and how to add the new technology to the network.
Verizon Wireless expects to commercially launch its LTE 4G network in up to 30 markets in 2010, covering 100 million people. In subsequent years, an equally aggressive growth plan will result in full nationwide coverage in 2013.
For more information about Verizon Wireless? LTE 4G network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
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