updated 03:10 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
Verizon 4G network due in 30 cities before 2011
At a Wednesday meeting with enterprise IT managers, Verizon Wireless revealed it will launch its 4G network in 30 NFL cities before year's end. The high-speed network will be launched in remaining major US cities systematically until all are covered by 2013, said Verizon senior federal sales executive Bernie McMonagle. The major metropolitan areas are expected to be the 30 cities that are home to the 32 football teams in the NFL.
Initially, it's expected that 4G will be used by notebooks with LTE modems as well as specialized devices such as traffic sensors. The network would operate on an IPv6 standard, which the company is already completing. Cell sites are being upgraded to gigabit Ethernet to handle the extra bandwidth requirements, McMonagle says. The first phase of the rollout will support download speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps and upload speeds of between 2Mbps and 5Mbps, though it was implied this might get faster over time.
Latency will also be much better than in current 3G networks, at about 30-150 milliseconds. At the meeting yesterday, Verizon showed broadcast-quality video of seven simultaneous feeds with nearly instant switching between sources. [via eWeek]