Verizon Wireless today released an initial set of technical specifications for devices that will run on its forthcoming Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. 

The move is meant to “encourage developers to design devices that can take advantage of 4G network speeds and capabilities,” according to the company. Verizon Wireless will host a Web conference on May 13 to discuss the latest on LTE specifications. 

In February, Verizon announced aggressive plans to roll out two LTE test markets in 2009 and 25 to 30 additional markets by the end of 2010. Verizon said it hopes to have a nationwide deployment by 2015.

Today’s talk of developer specifications will mark the next phase of the company’s open development initiative by broadening the program to include the upcoming LTE technology. 

Tony Lewis, vice president of open development at Verizon Wireless, stressed innovation in hardware development as the key to success of an open network. “Hardware is the starting point, and Verizon Wireless is encouraging developers to get excited about designing innovative products and services the future requires,” he said.

Since the launch of the open development program, Verizon reports having certified about 36 devices on its current 3G network.

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