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Verizon Report Claims Blockbuster Speeds From LTE

Gordon Kelly


Verizon Report Claims Blockbuster Speeds From LTE

You've all read the theory behind LTE (if you haven't, read it), but this is why everyone is so excited...

Signalling the change which is about to come, US telco Verizon has announced that it has completed network field trials of LTE and found them to beat current 3G technology into a bloody pulp of Bigelow over Cameron-esque proportions.

Trials in Boston and Seattle found LTE delivered achievable peak download speeds of 40 to 50Mbit/sec and upload rates of 20 to 25Mbit/sec. Furthermore its engineers report average data rates in real world environments of five to 12 Mbit/sec on the downlink and two to 5Mbit/sec on the uplink. By contrast current 3G technology (typically HSDPA/HSUPA) will drop down to well under 1Mbit/sec download rates and performance is far more variable. Verizon confirmed the experience would provide "mobile browsing speeds comparable to customers’ current, typical online Internet experience."

"Our LTE rollout plan positions Verizon Wireless to be a global leader in 4G LTE deployment," said Tony Melone, senior VP and CTO at Verizon Wireless. "We are on track to deliver an outstanding wireless data experience to customers in 25 to 30 markets covering roughly 100 million people by year’s end."

Yes UK, it's time for our networks to get their fingers out...


via Verizon


March 9, 2010, 7:46 pm

So can some one say what the difference between wimax and LTE is, in a sentence or two?


March 9, 2010, 8:26 pm

WiMax is like WiFi just thrown out over huge (potentially city wide) distances. LTE is a new form of 3G like you (most likely) have on your mobile phone or tap into with a 3G dongle.

My LTE guide is here: http://www.trustedreviews.c...


March 9, 2010, 9:31 pm

Now that the same wireless technology {LTE} is being used by GSM companies and strongly pushed by Verizon {famously not GSM even though ~45% owned by Vodafone, but often attributed as the best US network} and that US have strong input into iPhone and now android, is the pendulum starting to swing against us laughing at the yanks and their 'cell phones'?

Their phones/contracts still seem a bit dated/expensive when I went in last year, but compared to the not cheap ariel/flipathon efforts of a few years ago, there has been a pretty big shift. Just don't ask about data contracts {not even MiFi} - that was comedy


March 9, 2010, 9:58 pm

yeah but will these speeds be achievable when everyone has LTE iPhones and android handsets or is it just going to ed up like 3G?

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