Verizon Sees Tablets, Video In 4G Plan
By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 18 2010 - 4:01am
BASKING RIDGE, N.J.
— Verizon Wireless will
go to January’s International CES with an array of
4G-equipped devices ranging from tablets, 3G/4G
smartphones, and machine-to-machine products following
the launch later this year of its 4G 700MHz
LTE network in 38 major metro markets.
The products, including “devices for video,” will be
available in the first half of 2011 following this year’s
launch of wireless modems for laptops, said Verizon
Communications president/COO Lowell McAdam.
Without referring to the recent decision by FLO TV
to wind down its direct-to-consumer mobile TV subscription
service, Verizon Wireless chief technical officer
Tony Melone noted that in friendly user trials, “as
expected,” the network was “very, very conducive to
video, upstream video and downstream video.” Verizon
“plans to exploit the network for that use,” he added.
Without saying that Apple will bring its iPhone or
iPad to Verizon’s LTE network, McAdam did say that
“I expect at some point our business interests are
going to align.” He then pointed to LTE as a good
reason for Apple to bring its products to Verizon.
The network, he said, will deliver 10 times the
speed of Verizon’s 3G network with half the latency,
the executives said. When the network was fully
loaded during friendly user trials, Melone explained,
downlink speeds ranged from 5Mbps to 12Mbps,
and uplink speeds ranged from 2Mbps to 5Mbps.
Latency was 30ms.
McAdam said he’d reveal the precise 4G launch
date and pricing plans at a date in the future. In the
38 launch markets, the 4G footprint will on average
cover about 70 percent of the carrier’s 3G footprint
in those markets, McAdam said. LTE networks will also be
on line at that time in 62 airports, including seven airports
not in the 38 markets, and on the Purdue University campus
in Lafayette, Ind.
Within 18 months from today, McAdam continued, the
network will expand to markets with a population of about
200 million people, and by the end of 2013, the 4G network
will reach almost as many people as Verizon’s 3G
network, or more than 285 million people, he said.
In other comments, McAdam said the LTE products
demonstrated at CES will all be made by “mainstream
OEMs.” Melone said that planned smartphones will be
dual 3G/4G phones offering simultaneous 3G voice and
4G data. And “clearly over time,” MCAdam said, Verizon
will add pay-per-MB data plans to complement unlimited
data plans because of “finite spectrum.”
Melone also noted that LTE offers “quantum leaps”
in “spectrum and capital efficiency,” enabling Verizon to
build out its LTE network with “no big spike” in its capital