Verizon's LTE Gets Even Bigger On Nov. 17th; Can The Others Catch Up? - HotHardware
Verizon's LTE Gets Even Bigger On Nov. 17th; Can The Others Catch Up?

Verizon's LTE Gets Even Bigger On Nov. 17th; Can The Others Catch Up?

Sprint may be rumbling out with LTE markets of their own in the coming months and years, but they're already way, way behind compared to Verizon Wireless' rollout. And they're falling further behind every single day. The company is rolling out new LTE markets at a wildly rapid pace, and at CTIA Enterprise and Applications this week, they've announced 13 more markets to go live on November 17. Once that day hits, over 175 markets will be served.

VZW will turn on its 4G LTE network in 22 new cities and expand the network in four cities on Oct. 20, and will turn on the 4G LTE network in 13 cities and expand in five cities on Nov. 17, making the largest 4G LTE network in the country even bigger. On Thursday, Oct. 20, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will be available in Birmingham, Ala.; Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, Ind.; Sioux City, Iowa; Hagerstown, Md.; Tupelo, Miss.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Asheville, N.C.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Jackson and Martin, Tenn.; Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va.; and Green Bay, Wis. Verizon Wireless is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa. the same day.


On Thursday, Nov. 17, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Nashville, Tenn.

Tick, tock, Sprint / AT&T!
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The new network hardware Sprint is planning to start installing is actually multi-mode nodes that support LTE-A, which will start next year and be complete in 2014. These nodes are smaller then any current nodes (between 1/4~1/2 the size) every company, and only require a single node instead of one for each technology.

Also Clear can rapidly convert over their network to support LTE with only a quick software/firmware update. This means that Sprint can have LTE in every place they have WiMAX in a month or less.

IE Sprint has a very clear update plan and can catch up/pass Verizon quickly. AT&T on the other hand has some serious Tick, Tock to deal with.

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