Verizon to blanket US with 4G LTE this year
AT&T: 'Big effing deal'
Verizon has announced that it will roll out 4G LTE coverage for 110 million Americans later this year. And AT&T is not impressed.
"With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start," said Verizon president and CEO Lowell McAdam in a prepared statement, adding: "And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area."
Verizon's 4G LTE launch map but don't get too excited: red is 3G coverage
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Coverage will be offered in 38 US cities, including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley's San José.
In addition, 62 US airports will receive the service, "giving road warriors added coverage when they travel," said McAdam. The airports served will be all the usual suspects, including Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, John Wayne, George Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
AT&T, however, pooh-poohed the news of Verizon's speedy LTE deployment, telling PC Magazine that Verizon was forced to make its announcement and hurry its launch because Big Red's service will be slower than Big Phone's.
"We don't have the technical limitations of the CDMA network, so our path to LTE isn't 'delayed,'" an AT&T spokesman told PC Mag.
Still, being first is A Good Thing™ — early adopters are powerful word-of-mouth salesfolks.
During the Verizon CEO's keynote presentation at the CTIA trade show in San Francisco, he enthused about the promise of LTE: "I can tell you that there's a lot more to LTE than the convention wisdom would lead you to believe," McAdam said.
"There's a tendency to think that LTE is just about speed," he said, "but that misses half of the equation. Speed goes up dramatically — by a factor of 10 over our 3G networks — but equally important is that latency drops by more than half."
McAdam noted that gamers are "probably salivating" about improvements in wireless latency, but added that more-serious applications will benefit, as well. As example, he cited mobile commerce, remote medical consultation, emergency services, crime-scene dispatch, and — in a bit of a darker realm — remote survelliance.
McAdam, however, gave neither the exact date that Verizon will flip the switch nor any information on plans or pricing. And although he promised that Big Red will unveil 4G devices from major OEMs at January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — tablets, smartphones, and more — he brought no hardware to wave at his keynote crowd.
More information on Verizon's 4G plans can be found at the company's LTE Information Center, and a full list of the metropolitan areas and airports where LTE will be launched this year is available here (scroll down). ®
Thank Sprint/Clear for LTE!
Remember, if Sprint/Clearwire weren't actually having success with the WiMAX 4G, neither Verizon or AT&T would give a dingo's kidneys about LTE deployment.
And, yes, LTE is the future: WiMAX is a transitional technology, or something that will eventually be relegated to "super WiFi" status (and possibly mooted entirely if "whitespace" makes any headway).
However, having myself been on WiMAX for a year, it is a significant bump over *ALL* 3G technologies. How about streaming full screen 720p video from Amazon, and that with only 20% signal strength? Pretty much the same performance as mid-tier ADSL or Cable DOCSIS 3, and about the same latency. And LTE promises to be damn near FTTC speeds. Or it will be until the iPhone 6 crowd hits it...
GSM is only TDMA for 2G or below
3G GSM is WCDMA, which is not a TDMA technology. And TDMA wasn't analogue in the first place - it's a digital technology, which is why you can run GPRS or EDGE over it.
AT&T's implementation might be crappy, but there's an entire continent running on GSM just the other side of the Atlantic, and we're not all on analogue. Indeed Verizon runs (under the Vodafone brand) GSM networks here in Europe and they work just fine. Don't let AT&T use the technology as an excuse for their inability to build a working network!
Only x10 if you have a really rubbish over congested 3G network!
Only x4 if you have 20MHz LTE channels vs 5MHz 3G, But a Congested LTE is twice as fast as congested 3G., i.e. 800Kbps instead of 100kbps on 20MHz FDD LTE compared to 5MHz FDD 3G/HSPA with heavy load of users on sector.
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