News Analysis: Verizon Wireless releases the details of its plans to introduce LTE to 38 cities and 60 airports in 2010. LTE officials also hinted at new wireless products.
Verizon President Lowell McAdam revealed the details of
the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE rollout for 2010 at a CTIA press conference in San
Francisco today. McAdam noted that the initial
deployment of LTE will take place in 38 cities, which is an increase from the
previously announced 30 cities.
He also said LTE will come to 60 commercial airports,
including airports in cities that aren't getting LTE this early. Verizon
released a complete
list of cities and airports to receive LTE
In addition, McAdam said that more cities could be added
to the list soon, including West Lafayette, Ind.,
home of Purdue University,
which is building a digital campus. Detroit
could also become part of the rollout, but according to McAdam, Verizon
Wireless needs to iron out some issues with cross-border interference because of
its proximity with Windsor, Ontario.
When Verizon Wireless previously had announced that 30
cities would get LTE
, there was considerable speculation as to which cities
those might be. However, with the added list of locations, virtually every
major metropolitan area in the United States
is getting LTE this year. And the list of airports that will get LTE goes
significantly beyond the 38 cities to cover most of the major commercial
airline hubs in the country.
McAdam declined to be specific about which devices will be
the first to appear with Verizon Wireless' LTE, except to say that the first
products this year will be USB Aircards. The
smartphones and tablets that are planned for 4G service will come from "mainstream
manufacturers," he said. But he would not confirm whether a number of
devices, about which there is intense speculation including the iPhone and
iPad, would be among them. He said that this announcement will come during CES
Earlier today a story in the Wall Street Journal reported
iPhone 4 is being readied for a January 2011 release
. While not confirming
the report, McAdam did say, however, that LTE would be a great reason for Apple
to want its devices to be on the Verizon Wireless network, pointing to the high
speeds and low latency on the network. McAdam said users can expect 5M- to 12M-bps
download speeds and 2M- to 5M-bps upload speeds. He also said that initially
voice communications will use Verizon Wireless' 3G network.