Verizon Director Dishes On The Company’s Roadmap, LTE-Advanced.

  • September 15, 2011 10:59 am

How insanely devoted is Verizon to stomping the competition? Very. Today Praveen Atreya, director of network technology for Verizon mentioned to LightReading that the company is not only working feverishly to get LTE coverage nationwide, they’re already looking towards LTE’s replacement — LTE-Advanced (read: the original, “real” 4G before marketing buzzwords took over). Atreya admitted that such network upgrades were still in the very early stages.

Meanwhile Verizon’s director of technology applications, Larry Rau, told LightReading that VZW is still testing Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) in two pre-commercial markets and that public launches are unlikely until later in 2012. If you recall, one of the original market points of the LG Revolution Android device was that it was supposed to support VoLTE. Unfortunately as we now see, the network just isn’t ready quite yet.

With all that said, we don’t see LTE-Advanced going live until mid-2013(ish) at the earliest considering VoLTE (and data-based LTE) will need to be widely available and robust if VZW is serious about moving away from CDMA in an effort to free up more spectrum for LTE. Multi-year waiting aside, we’re eagerly anticipating LTE-Advanced’s 1 Gbps potential.

Source: LightReading | Via: Phonescoop


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