Verizon completes first LTE data calls over its 700 MHz spectrum

Verizon Wireless, the largest US mobile carrier, has just announced that it has successfully completed LTE (4G) data calls in Boston and Seattle – which currently have 10 functional LTE cell sites each.

Based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard, the data calls were made over Verizon’s 700 MHz spectrum, and involved file downloads/uploads, streaming video, Web browsing, and voice transmissions using VoIP.

Trial devices for the LTE data calls were provided by Samsung and LG – more such devices will be provided by Motorola, ST-Ericsson and Qualcomm.

LTE-modem LG

(LG’s first LTE modem, which may or may not have been used by Verizon in its trials)

“Verizon Wireless, with outstanding cooperation from our partner suppliers, is fully committed to harnessing the power of LTE over our 700 MHz spectrum. This combination of state-of-the-art technology and prime spectrum will soon make a ubiquitous, highly mobile, super-fast broadband experience a reality for customers,” declared Tony Melone, Verizon’s senior vice president and CTO.

Verizon has also reaffirmed its plans to commercially launch the LTE network in up to 30 US markets next year.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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