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Forgive my schoolgirl crush on faster mobile broadband, but after Alcatel-Lucent said today that in conjunction with LG Electronics it had completed the first uninterrupted data handoff between a CDMA network and an LTE network, I got really excited as that means LTE is in sight!

Forgive my schoolgirl crush on faster mobile broadband, but after Alcatel-Lucent  said today that in conjunction with LG Electronics it had completed the first uninterrupted data handoff between a CDMA network and an LTE network, I got really excited as that means that by the end of this year, about a third of the U.S. population will have access to mobile broadband speeds that make streaming video onto a handset a good experience. And thanks to Verizon and Metro PCS, that means LTE is in sight!

Getting the handoff between the two networks right is a big deal as it prevents VoIP calls or data requests from dropping once out of the LTE network’s range. Alcatel-Lucent’s news affects Verizon in the U.S., which has said it 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.

And while it’s been telling people that they will surf at speeds between 5 Mbps and 12 Mbps down and 2 Mbps and 5 Mbps up on LTE, yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Verizon showed off an LG data card that was delivering 100 Mbps down and up to 50 Mbps up. All I’m waiting for is pricing details and a deployment near me. For those holding out for MetroPCS’s service, it doesn’t plan to begin deploying LTE until late 2010, but it says it will launch with handsets this year, while Verizon has said it will have handsets in 2011.

  1. 4G is finally here!..the idea of mobile “broadband” is finally becoming reality!

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  2. I’ve heard Detroit is currently getting the equipment installed right now at the towers and LTE will be up and running in February. Of course I think that just means the network will be available not that customers will be able to use it yet.

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  3. [...] during the call my TweetDeck popped up the latest news from GigaOm. You can check out the article here, which among other things talks about how Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon have recently made some [...]

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  4. I heard that with LTE any network (GSM/CDMA) can access it from the same device? Is it true? That way, we don’t have to keep switching from one n/w to the other!

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  5. Sure its here,, Where? Not in rural USA, as usual we in the rural areas get nothing. NO DSL, EVDO, WIFI, MIFI, cable, tv, nothing.
    Money hungry companies could care less about people in rural areas. The government should pass laws stating until everyone has access to high speed, they can NOT deploy new innovations.

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  6. [...] de Suecia y Noruega. Se espera que a mediados de este año también estén disponibles redes LTE en Estados Unidos y Japón, aunque se calcula que habrá que esperar  hasta 2012 para ser testigos de  un despliegue [...]

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  7. [...] during the call my TweetDeck popped up the latest news from GigaOm. You can check out the article here, which among other things talks about how Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon have recently made some [...]

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  8. [...] Stacey Higginbotham May. 14, 2010, 8:05am PDT No Comments        0 Few people are as excited as I am about the coming Long Term Evolution fourth-generation wireless networks, but today I got a reality [...]

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