May 13 AT 9:54 AM Taylor Wimberly 6 Comments

Verizon Wireless previews LTE 4G in Boston

Sprint is the first carrier in the United States to launch a 4G handset (HTC EVO 4G), but the others are hard at work expanding their networks. Verizon Wireless expects to launch its LTE 4G network in up to 30 markets in 2010, covering 100 million people. In the following years, an aggressive growth plan will result in full nationwide coverage by 2013.

Verizon is not expected to have LTE handsets till 2011, but they should have LTE based modems this year. In recent LTE trials in Boston, Verizon demonstrated download speeds of 8.5 Mbps and upload speeds of 2.2 Mbps. Other trials in Seattle resulted in average data rates of 5-12 Mbps down and 2-5 Mbps up. That is faster than results from Sprint’s 4G, but we will have to wait and see how Verizon’s LTE handsets perform.

Clearly Sprint has the upper hand with their early start on WiMAX 4G (and an actual handset), but that advantage might be short lived.

Via: BGR

Source: Verizon

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  • http://Website jd

    WiMax is not 4G. It is more like 3.5G. The speeds are too low and the latency too high to qualify as 4G. Plus, WiMax is deployed at very high frequencies which results in very poor data propagation and horrible in building presentation.

    • http://Website cloud858rk

      Likewise, LTE is not 4G either. WiMAX can handle more simultaneous users. Both have problems, but until both are available we’ll just have to hold our horses.

  • http://Website BT

    Verizon is launching a 700Mhz LTE network, maybe that helps

  • jjl84

    I actually respect T-Mobile for not calling their new HSDPA+ network 4G. Even Big Red’s quick LTE is more like 3.9G, so calling it 4G is a misnomer. Other than mass confusion on what 4G actually is, I’m pretty stoked about VZW’s new LTE network.

  • http://Website Droid to the world

    Whatever Big Red does I want a EVO on my list of selections. We dont need the Iphone.” Droid to the world” sang the people of red town!

  • http://Website dnar56

    At least “3.9 G” is closer to 4G unlike when you buy an 8Gb Micro SD card and really only get 7.2GB!