US mobile operator Verizon Wireless is to launch a new, more efficient network by the end of 2002. The new network is expected to cover 90% of the operator’s 30 million customers.
Verizon is overlaying CDMA2000 1X technology on its existing digital networks. The technology will deliver faster Internet access and improved voice-calling quality.
The newly built CDMA2000 network is expected to run 15% of its total voice and data traffic by the end of this year, it currently handles around 4% of network traffic. Users in the areas covered by this technology will have access to the Internet at speeds of between 40 kilobits and 60 kilobits per second.
Verizon’s older CDMA networks were built in the mid-1990s. The new networks are able to handle traffic around twice as efficiently.