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Verizon: LTE Tests Hit 50Mbps Peak Speeds

3/08/2010 12:41:00 PM Eastern

Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon
has achieved peak wireless download speeds of 40Mbps to 50Mbps and
peak upload speeds of 20Mbps to 25Mbps in the Boston and Seattle markets where
it has been testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless technology, the
carrier announced.

On average, LTE has achieved 5Mbps to 12Mbps download speeds and 2Mbps
to 5Mbps upload speeds in real-world conditions, achieving wireless data speeds
comparable to consumers' current wired residential speeds, the carrier said. "The
speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless
providers' current or promised 3G network speeds," Verizon added.

The tests, begun in August, featured data calls involving streaming
video, file uploads and downloads, Web browsing and VoIP voice calls.

The carrier is "on track" to deliver LTE to consumers in 25 to 30
markets with a population of about 100 million people by the end of the year,
said Tony Melone, the carrier's senior VP/chief technical officer.

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