All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

Last week, Verizon Wireless provided more details on its impending LTE network launch.  Their service will be available in 38 markets covering 110 million potential customers before the end of the year. The carrier plans to increase that coverage to 200 million pops by 2012 on the way to covering more than 285 million pops, virtually its entire 3G network, by the end of 2013.

The initial launch markets include:

Akron, Ohio
Athens, Ga.
Atlanta
Baltimore
Boston
Charlotte, N.C.
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbus, Ohio
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Denver
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Houston
Jacksonville, Fla.
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Miami
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minn.
Nashville, Tenn.
New Orleans
New York
Oakland, Calif.
Oklahoma City
Orlando, Fla.
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Pittsburgh
Rochester, N.Y.
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose, Calif.
Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
St. Louis
Tampa, Fla.
Washington, D.C.
West Lafayette, Ind.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

The initial market coverage would average about 70% of each market’s population at launch. In addition to the 38 markets to be covered at launch, Verizon wireless will also provide service in 22 additional airport locations.

As for how this will jeopardize the WiMAX business Sprint and Clearwire have been struggling to expand? I guess we shall find out within the first quarter of 2011.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

4 Responses to All aboard… LTE is on the roll…

  1. Umar Tariq says:

    When, Where ? 🙂

  2. Who is the supplier of the LTE equipment?

    Best Regards

  3. Do we know if Verizon is going with a sole manufacturer or multiple vendors?

    Thank you

  4. Are LTE really ready?

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