Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam has detailed the carrier’s plans for its revised LTE network deployment during a developer webcast yesterday.
The LTE network deployment will begin as scheduled late this year with two as yet unidentified test markets, one on the east and west cost respectively in stead of full commercial launches. More information on the test markets will be divulged closer to the network launch.
Device authentication will be handled via a derivative of the W-CDMA USIM standard, but the cards will likely be proprietary to Verizon Wireless hardware that has been certified for its network and not cross-compatible with other devices.
McAdam also confirmed that speeds for its initial LTE deployment would range between 8-12 Mbps while delaying its commercial launch to the second half of 2010.