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Competition for 4G Service and Devices Heating Up

Verizon adds new markets and devices

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Verizon Wireless is adding five more US cities to its expanding 4G LTE network, including Brownsville and McAllen, Texas. Other cities being added to the 4G network include Glens Falls and Utica in New York State, and Lawton, Oklahoma. This brings Verizon's total US presence to 195 markets, reaching 200 million people.

According to David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. "As we enter 2012, Verizon's 4G LTE network remains the largest by far in the United States, and we continue to grow the network and bring Verizon's unparalleled 4G LTE services to more and more people."

By comparison AT&T is serving 26 cities with LTE service, while Sprint has committed to launching LTE in 11 cities by mid-2012.

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Verizon also recently added four new 4G LTE Devices to its device catalog:

•Spectrum™ by LG: The Spectrum is the first device for Verizon Wireless to feature a 4.5-inch True HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) display. Intensifying its True HD capabilities, Spectrum by LG customers will have exclusive HD access to the ESPN™ ScoreCenter application.

•Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 7.7: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 boasts a brilliant Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen display, allowing customers to watch movies, view pictures and play games that come to life in high-definition 720p (1280x800) resolution. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 features a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor and HTML5 Web browser to quickly access the Web, stream music and more at blazing speeds using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

•Verizon Jetpack™ – EuFi890: Developed by ZTE, the Jetpack is a Global Ready 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Harnessing the power of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Jetpack allows customers to share blazing fast Internet connectivity with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

•Verizon Jetpack™ – MiFi® 4620L: This Verizon Jetpack is a Global Ready™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and the next generation of the Novatel Wireless MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot portfolio. The Jetpack creates a personal Wi-Fi cloud, capable of sharing high-speed 4G LTE and 3G Mobile Broadband Internet connectivity with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.

The wireless mobile broadband service offerings are complemented by previous announcements regarding the expansion of several high speed FIOS connections in some test markets. In November 2010 Verizon claimed the first successful test of XG-PON2 (10 Gbps passive optical network) technology, at speeds of 10 Gigabet-per-second - upstream and downstream. This was a game changer in the Internet speed race. The cable industry claims coaxial cable connections can deliver up to 20 Gbps - if equipment was available to deliver that speed. The high speed fiber installation from Verizon was delivered to an Elks Lodge in Taunton, Massachusetts. The fiber connection supported the Elks Lodge Internet connection, and five FiOS TV Connections.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said its new 4G wireless network might become a "modest substitute" for traditional cable and wired internet services. He also said the 4G offering would entice Apple Inc. to use Verizon's broadband service.

Verizon's 4G service, or LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next stage of evolution for wireless broadband service. The new technology will be able to handle downloads of 100 Mbps and uploads of 50 Mbps for every 20 MHz of spectrum used.

Broadband Speed Table

With the voracious bandwidth appetites of new applications for smartphones, increased demand for video content delivered over the internet, and the increasing use of internet TV, broadband providers are trying to keep pace. In the U.S., AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will all be using LTE for their 4G networks. Sprint is planning to use a newer version of WiMax for its next generation network. Meanwhile, the public safety community is planning to build an interoperable broadband public safety network, based on LTE technology.

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