Verizon Wireless has announced plans to develop and deploy its fourth-generation mobile broadband network using Long Term Evolution technology.
The selection of Long Term Evolution (LTE) provides Verizon with an opportunity to adopt a common access platform with scale and compatibility with existing technologies. Trial plan for LTE begins in 2008. Trial suppliers include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens and Nortel. The technology is designed to deliver mobile data networks with higher speed and throughput performance, lower latency, global roaming, and improved efficiencies.
Richard Lynch, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon Communications, said: While this next generation technology will be exciting to develop and deploy, it comes at a time when we are adding record numbers of customers to our existing CDMA2000 1x and EV-DO networks. We relish the challenge of preparing for the time when our customers start demanding such 4G capabilities, while continuing the expansion and operation of our existing technologies for many years to come.