LTE Service to Bolster Wireless Cloud Computing
Verizon Wireless customers can expect the company to move to some sort of tiered pricing structure as data use increases, according to McAdam. The details of any such tiered pricing haven't been determined yet, he said. In two related areas, McAdam said Verizon Wireless has already begun working with rural wireless providers on a plan to lease spectrum space for LTE and to set up roaming arrangements so that customers of the rural companies can use the Verizon Wireless network, giving Verizon Wireless customers access to these rural networks. He said this will bring LTE to rural areas much faster than would happen otherwise.Verizon Wireless also made an announcement that new LTE machine-to-machine devices will be available very early in the process. Verizon has repeatedly pointed out that LTE is well-suited for M2M communications due to its low latency.Bryan Schromsky, manager of technical solutions for Verizon Wireless' government sector, said the new LTE service will give better performance in a number of areas, especially in building penetration. He said it opens new opportunities for telework and other green initiatives. The growth of LTE will change the face of wireless, Schromsky said. "When you used to think of one-to-one with people to devices, now think one-to-many," he said. With the new high speeds and low latency, new applications including cloud computing will become part of the wireless landscape, Schromsky said. LTE also lays down a new foundation for machine-to-machine communications because of its data transmission characteristics, he said. Ultimately, data transmission will be the focus of the Verizon LTE network. McAdam said the service is ideal for video and that some of the first devices to be announced at CES will include platforms for both uploading and downloading video. Furthermore, he said he expects video use to be a significant factor in the use of LTE, but declined to address any details about plans for video applications. Verizon Wireless already provides a broad selection of video services for its existing 3G devices. While the list of Verizon Wireless devices for LTE remains under wraps, McAdam did say the devices will be able to handle voice and data simultaneously. Currently, Samsung makes an LTE phone for MetroPCS, and while this device could certainly be converted to work on the Verizon network, it's not clear that the Samsung phone is one of those that will be chosen by Verizon Wireless.