Senior federal sales executive Bernie McMonagle has stated that Verizon Wireless plans to launch its Long Term Evolution 4G network in 30 "National Football League Cities" by the end of 2010 during an IT conference in Baltimore Maryland on Wednesday with no word on specific markets.
Verizon will also expand its LTE network to cover the entire country by 2013, in line with what Verizon Wireless has previously confirmed in terms of its LTE launch and rollout timeframe. McMonagle also confirmed that laptop modems will be the first devices capable of accessing and using the LTE network with phones not available for some time, due to no phones on the market that use the 700MHz LTE band at this time.
Verizon’s LTE devices will also use SIM cards and the IPv6 address standard for internet access and device authentication while the carrier updates its base stations to Gigabit Ethernet for increased capacity. McMonagle stated that he also expects multi-band devices that can be used in multiple countries to be available fairly early in the LTE roll-out, since the network is using standardized technologies. Verizon also expects that its LTE network will support download speeds of 5Mbps to 12Mbps, and upload speeds to 2Mbps to 5Mbps, with latency in the 30 to 150 millisecond range.