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[qi:083] On its earnings conference call today, Verizon says it still hopes to have LTE commercially available by the first half of 2010. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl gave the time frame, and didn’t indicate that the four-month delay in accessing the 700 MHz spectrum […]

[qi:083] On its earnings conference call today, Verizon says it still hopes to have LTE commercially available by the first half of 2010. Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl gave the time frame, and didn’t indicate that the four-month delay in accessing the 700 MHz spectrum occupied by analog television signals would cause the carrier problems. In December, Verizon said it would speed up its LTE launch and start testing its fourth-generation wireless broadband network later this year.

The carrier has been consistently aggressive about the rollout of its LTE wireless broadband network, but two things may be fueling its rush: the consolidation of WiMAX spectrum by Clearwire  and Sprint for a rival 4G service, and the rapid rise in mobile data use being driven, in part, by the iPhone. With Clearwire still silent about its Clear network deployment plans, and the credit crunch expected to slow the nationwide WiMAX build-out, Verizon may be hoping to steal Clearwire’s first-mover advantage.

LTE offers theoretical speeds of 150 Mpbs down and 30 Mbps up; more importantly, it would be an all-IP network better able to manage the demands of streaming data than those of voice. So with a rapid-roll out, Verizon has the opportunity to put pressure on the competition, as well as to create a network better suited to carrying the IP traffic-clogging mobile networks. It also plans to use its FiOS fiber network as the backhaul for its cell network, meaning the billions Verizon’s put into FiOS will benefit its wireline and wireless business. By next year, we’ll be that much closer to seeing if that investment pays off.

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  2. this sounds good, go verizon!

    att — are you hearing this, or still trying to ride on the exclusivity of the iphone….

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  3. [...] Access Claims multichannel.com Cox Rings Up 4M Broadband Subs, 3M Phone Lines lightreading.com Verizon Still Pushing for LTE in 2010 gigaom.com Optimum Lightpath Receives Frost & Sullivan Award cable360.net 3G networks [...]

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  4. [...] Stacey Higginbotham | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM PT | 0 comments At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona today, the next-generation 4G wireless service finally got some respect, with AT&T saying it will likely deploy the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard in 2011 rather than in 2012 and Verizon choosing vendors for its upcoming LTE rollout. [...]

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  5. [...] Looks like LTE (Long Term Evolution) will be for data only as Verizon plans on keeping voice on 3G for some time to come yet. At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona today, the next-generation 4G wireless service finally got some respect, with AT&T saying it will likely deploy the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard in 2011 rather than in 2012 and Verizon choosing vendors for its upcoming LTE rollout. [...]

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  6. [...] At the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona today, the next-generation 4G wireless service finally got some respect, with AT&T saying it will likely deploy the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard in 2011 rather than in 2012 and Verizon choosing vendors for its upcoming LTE rollout. [...]

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  7. [...] out a nationwide WiMAX network to offer wireless broadband. However, stalled credit markets and planned deployments of rival Long Term Evolution, or LTE, wireless broadband networks are pressuing Clearwire. The company must focus on deploying a [...]

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  8. [...] Higginbotham | Thursday, March 26, 2009 | 9:00 AM PT | 0 comments We’ve noted that Verizon plans to use its fiber network for backhaul for its future Long Term Evolution network, and today it says that it will also rent out capacity [...]

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  9. [...] Malik | Thursday, May 7, 2009 | 9:34 AM PT | 0 comments With Verizon planning to launch its first trial LTE network sometime by 2010 and the perceived threat of Apple switching allegiances to an [...]

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  10. [...] slower than its previous plan to launch them at the end of 2009 or the first half of 2010, as noted earlier this year, but keeps Verizon within its goal of getting 20-30 markets launched in 2010. Lowell McAdams, [...]

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