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Verizon: LTE Tests Hit 50Mbps Peak Speeds

3/08/2010 12:41:00 PM Eastern
Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless 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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