Verizon shows off more 4G tests with widespread availability looming in the near future

March 8, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Verizon is all set to start off its 4G LTE network deployment in the US later this year. They are still running tests networks in Boston and Seattle and they are reporting being able to coax out as much as 40-50 Mbps downstream and 20-25 Mbps upstream bandwidths.

According to Verizon, real world connectivity speeds should average between 5Mbps to 12  Mbps in download rates and 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps in uploads. While this is significantly less than the 100 Mbps speeds promised by the Long Term Evolution ( LTE ) technology, it would still make Verizon, one of the fastest cellular networks in North America. Other carriers who are slated to launch HSPA+ 3G networks soon promise similar speeds but are unlikely to reach as high as 4G speeds.

Verizon’s LTE network will be publicly available later this year in 25-30 areas but will be released for USB modems and other such non-phone devices. Other carriers such as AT&T & T-Mobile plan to go into the LTE in 2011 by which time they expect to have phones supporting the technology.

Via Engadget

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