Verizon Wireless confirms LTE rollout

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Verizon Wireless expects to launch LTE services in 25-30 US cities by the end of 2010

Verizon Wireless is on schedule to launch LTE services in 25-30 US cities by the end of 2010, according to Verizon group CTO Dick Lynch.

The company, which has traditionally been a CDMA operator, is making the move to the GSM-family technology and has been running trials in two US cities, working with Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson.

“It is on track,” said Lynch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “We’re currently on phase four — the final phase — of the trials in Boston and Seattle and in 60 days they will be fully passed in terms of testing before we start the commercial infrastructure roll-out in a big way.”

The trial system uses back-end equipment from Starent — now part of Cisco — and Nokia Siemens Networks.

There is a “tremendous interest” from appliance makers in the idea of putting LTE devices in their equipment, he added.

The trial installations have been thoroughly tested, with services such as streaming video continuing through handovers between cellsites, he said. “And voice is more readily doable than we thought.”

The 25-30 cities planned for launch by the end of 2010 will bring LTE within the reach of 100 million people, he added. “We have a single spectrum across the US. I’m confident that this is readily doable.” GTB