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[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Something, perhaps an Apple tablet or maybe a need for speed, has lit a fire under Verizon, which is expecting to complete its rollout of its fourth-generation wireless service faster than previously reported.  In its second-quarter conference call yesterday, Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl […]

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Something, perhaps an Apple tablet or maybe a need for speed, has lit a fire under Verizon, which is expecting to complete its rollout of its fourth-generation wireless service faster than previously reported.  In its second-quarter conference call yesterday, Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl said the carrier would have 100 million people covered by 2010 and that trials of the Long Term Evolution network would begin later this year in Boston and Seattle. (Take that, Clearwire.) From the transcript:

On your LTE question, maybe it would be helpful if I just clarified our current game plan with LTE, so we plan to conduct LTE trials in Seattle and in Boston later this year. We’re working on a launch of commercial LTE services in up to 30 markets next year. Our plan is to cover 100 million pops. In 2011 and 2012, we’ll continue to expand significantly with the ultimate goal being to cover all of our pops with this great product by the end of 2013.

In May, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdams said the carrier would finish its LTE deployment by 2014, but that the provider was beginning commercial rollouts in the second half of 2010 — a contradiction of earlier statements from the carrier that said commercial launch would begin in the first half of 2010. These contradictions may seem minor, but it’s a big deal if you’re trying to use it to bolster a story about a Verizon/Apple tablet launch.

This back and forth over the timing isn’t all that surprising, given how much media attention has been given to the rollout of LTE, which will offer much faster mobile broadband speeds. In addition to launching a new network, based on GSM rather than the familiar CDMA standard, Verizon had to wait while its 700 MHz spectrum to be used for LTE was vacated by  television stations. That took four months. For those of you following along in the playbook, here are Verizon’s statements regarding LTE in the last year.

Aug. 13, 2008: Verizon said it will roll out the network in 2010 and cover most of the country by 2012.

Dec. 10, 2008: Verizon said it would deploy LTE in 2009.

Jan. 27, 2009: Verizon said it hopes to have LTE commercially available by the first half of 2010.

Feb. 18, 2009: Verizon said LTE will be commercially deployed in 2010 with handsets coming in 2011.

May 15, 2009: Verizon said it plans to launch LTE commercially in the second half of 2010.

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  1. » Seattle, Boston will be LTE Trials for Verizon Sidecut Reports Tuesday, July 28, 2009

    [...] Stacey H at GigaOM has a great rundown of Verizon’s moving-target proclamations on LTE delivery dates. Can’t wait to see how much jumping around happens when they start [...]

  2. when can i fire comcast (in atlanta)?

    1. Yes you can! Switch to http://www.clearwire.com G4 is already available in Atlanta 1200 miles radius speed from 3Mgb/s to 15Mgb/s

  3. Seeing is believing! By the time Verizon start with G4 in Boston, ClearWire will have Boston and Seattle done with G4. (Take that, Verizon.)

  4. just a suggestion to put years on your VZ announcement timeline…

    1. Stacey Higginbotham primate Tuesday, July 28, 2009

      primate, done. Thanks.

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    [...] Tracking Verizon’s Shifting Statements on LTE [...]

  6. Jesse Kopelman Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    LTE isn’t really based on GSM. You can build LTE into your GSM network, but you can also go straight to LTE without incorporating any legacy GSM support. I’m pretty sure Verizon is doing the latter. All voice calls will still be over the IS-95 CDMA network.

  7. Clearwire Needs Money, So Hopes Cable Needs WiMAX Monday, August 24, 2009

    [...] for expansion will only go so far, however, and after that it will need more cash. Given that Verizon plans to cover 100 million people by the end of 2010 with a competing Long Term Evolution 4G network, a delay in fundraising may [...]

  8. One Voice Means Your LTE Calls Will One Day Be VoIP Thursday, November 5, 2009

    [...] and, thus, able to be deployed in the network. Verizon plans to have its LTE network covering 100 million people by the end of next year, and AT&T will start trials at that time as well. Given that yesterday’s announcement was [...]

  9. AT&T Taps Alcatel-Lucent, Confirms LTE in 2011 – GigaOM Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    [...] 5 to 12 Mbps. AT&T is playing catch-up with Verizon, which plans to offer LTE to areas totaling some 100 million people before the end of this year and everywhere it has 3G by the end of 2013. But the twofold strategy may allow AT&T provide [...]

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