Verizon tests LTE in Boston, Seattle
Verizon Wireless said it has successfully placed calls – including voice, data and video content – on 4G network gear in both Boston and Seattle.
Verizon said it completed its first successful LTE data call in Boston based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard. The company said it had earlier completed the first LTE 4G data call based on the same standard in Seattle, though it had not announced having done so until today.
The calls involved VoIP, streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and Web browsing.
The company said it used technology from Alcatel-Lucent (Boston) and Ericsson (Seattle) for base station/radio access network, LG and Samsung for unspecified trial devices (presumably handsets), and Starent Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks for network equipment.
Devices from LG and Samsung will soon be supplemented by devices from ST-Ericsson, Motorola and Qualcomm, the company said.
In both locations, the data calls were executed on commercial infrastructure platforms, Verizon Wireless said.
In other words, commercial rollouts in those two cities are well within the realm of possibility, though Verizon Wireless did not say so explicitly.
Boston and Seattle each now have 10 LTE 4G cell sites up and running on the 700 MHz spectrum.
These LTE 4G markets were selected by network planners due to their geographic configuration of suburban and urban areas, as well as the areas’ high-technology population, Verizon Wireless said.
Seattle just happens to be the headquarters of Clearwire, the only service provider in the U.S. with 4G service up and running in several major markets. Where Clearwire’s 4G network uses WiMAX, Verizon is using LTE technology.