Verizon Wireless On Track To Deliver LTE By Year End

Since August 2009, Verizon Wireless has been testing its upcoming 4G LTE network in Boston and Seattle. Now, the wireless carrier wants to boast about the test results. The trials have shown the network is capable of peak download speeds of 40 to 50Mbps and peak upload speeds of 20 to 25Mbps. In addition, the tests have shown average LTE data rates of 5-12 Mbps on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink.

At these speeds, customers will be able to enjoy mobile browsing speeds that are comparable to what users would expect from a wired home Internet connection. Verizon Wireless also points out that the speeds are significantly faster than any wireless provider's current or promised 3G network speeds. During the tests, there have been successful data calls involving streaming video, file uploads and downloads, Web browsing, and calls with VoIP.

“Our LTE rollout plan positions Verizon Wireless to be a global leader in 4G LTE deployment. We are on track to deliver an outstanding wireless data experience to customers in 25 to 30 markets covering roughly 100 million people by year’s end,” said Tony Melone, senior vice president and chief technical officer at Verizon Wireless. “As device makers, manufacturers and others around the world begin to introduce newer and faster products to take advantage of these incredible new speeds, Verizon Wireless will be positioned to offer our customers new and exciting products on the nation’s first 4G LTE network.”