Verizon Wireless announced today that they have successfully tested Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G data calls in Boston and Seattle. The tests involved streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and web browsing. As you can imagine, this is great news for BlackBerry smartphone owners and will open the door for the development of more bandwidth intensive applications.
Senior vice president and chief technical officer at Verizon Wireless, Tony Melone 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.”
Apparently Boston and Seattle were selected to test 4G due to their configuration of urban and suburban areas and their high-technology population. No comment.
The current plan is for Verizon to launch 4G in up to 30 markets in 2010 and full nationwide coverage by 2013.
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ LTE 4G network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.