Verizon Wireless' new Innovation Center is designed to enable partners and businesses to develop, test and showcase new products that leverage the carrier's 4G LTE technology.
Mass.-In the past, when Verizon Wireless unveiled a new wireless network, such
as its 3G platform, the carrier would set it up, offer a USB modem and let
others worry about the technologies that would leverage it, according to Kyle
Malady, vice president of technology at the company.
with the rollout of its 4G LTE (Long-Term
December 2010, that changed. Verizon is not only coming out with the 4G network
but also bringing along a growing portfolio of devices-from tablets to
smartphones to smart grid technologies-that will run atop it.
Verizon Innovation Center showcases future 4G LTE products. View images of them here.
the carrier continues its aggressive 4G rollout, the devices will only fuel
demand for the LTE network, Malady said.
will help drive adoption," he said in an interview with eWEEK July 12 during
the official opening of Verizon's new LTE Innovation Center in this city just
Innovation Center, 15 months in the making, comprises two buildings, including
more than 135,000 square feet of labs and office space in one building and
60,000 square feet of both showcase and office space in another building. The
center is designed to be a place where partners and companies-from major
vendors like Alcatel-Lucent to smaller startups-can develop, build and showcase
their 4G LTE-based products, leveraging Verizon's network.
partners and businesses, the Innovation Center provides access to a 4G network
that they would not have had otherwise, as well as access to the type of
engineering and programming talent inherent in Verizon that they do not have
in-house. More than 300 technology experts work at the center, according to
Verizon. For the carrier, working with these other companies helps it test and
improve its 4G LTE capabilities, and new devices and technologies that come out
of the Innovation Center will help drive adoption of Verizon's network.
with Verizon's Application Innovation Center, slated to open next month in San
Francisco, the carrier is looking to be the center of 4G technology
development, according to David Mead, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless.
our Innovation Center and the soon-to-open application center, we intend to
encourage all new ideas," Mead told a crowd at the formal opening of the
Waltham facility, which was built in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco
Systems, Ericsson and Samsung Mobile.
to Verizon, the carrier currently has its 4G LTE network in 39 major
metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million people. The company aims to
have 50 billion 4G connections by 2020.
has spent billions of dollars since deciding in 2008 on LTE for its 4G network,
Malady said. The carrier finds itself in a tight competition with rivals like
AT&T, which currently has its HSPA+ network and is looking to launch its
LTE network this summer. AT&T on July 12 unveiled two LTE products, AT&T
USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, as it looks to gain
ground against Verizon and Sprint, which also has adopted LTE.
officials also hope that the company's proposed $39
billion bid for T-Mobile
will help it rapidly grow its 4G network.