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Verizon Moving to 4G Wireless Speeds

Posted on October 10, 2010
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Verizon, reports Government Technology, is about to start upgrading its wireless network to 4G speeds. This is a bit of utilitarian good news for first responders, engineers and others who move large files on their wireless devices.

“It’s not about just getting faster e-mail and making faster voice calls; we do that pretty quickly now,” says Bernie McMonagle, Verizon’s associate director of federal government data solutions. “It’s about enabling applications that you couldn’t run before through a wireless device.”

“Deployed over Verizon’s nationwide 700 MHz spectrum,” GovTech adds, “the network will extend applications like never before with data downlink rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and uplink rates of 2 to 5 Mbps. To start, Verizon’s network will be available in cities such as Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. In addition, 60 commercial airports will also have LTE coverage. Some public safety entities, such as the Baltimore (Md.) Police Department in a pilot with Sprint in January 2009, have already tested 4G technology.”

It’s amazing how much value faster speeds can add to wireless devices like cell phones. Brings the Web right into your hand.  Right on, Verizon! – Doug Bedell


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