Verizon LTE: Ahead of Schedule

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Verizon Wireless will finish its LTE deployment by the middle of 2013, reports Fierce Wireless. Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said the timeline is about six months earlier than Verizon has previously stated. Executives had said the company would match its 3G CDMA footprint with LTE coverage by the end of 2013.

Verizon’s LTE network now covers 250 million people, or around 80 percent of the U.S. population, and the carrier expects to cover at least 260 million POPs by the end of 2012.

Competitor AT&T Mobility plans to cover 150 million POPs with LTE by year-end, with 250 million by the end of 2013, expanding its LTE network to 300 million covered POPs by the end of 2014.

Sprint, which began their FD-LTE service in the middle of 2012, expects to cover some 100 markets by the end of the year and 250 by the end of 2013. Sprint is currently limited to 2 X 5 MHz on the PCS band for LTE, which is about half the bandwidth that Verizon and AT&T use on the 700 MHz band which also provides those carriers with increased LTE range.

Sprint on Wednesday announced the company will purchase spectrum and 585,000 subscribers from U.S. Cellular for $480 million. Sprint will acquire 20 MHz of PCS spectrum in the 1900 MHz band in several Midwestern markets, including Chicago, and 10 Mhz of PCS spectrum in the St. Louis market.

Meanwhile T-Mobile plans to begin LTE-Advanced service on their AWS (1.7-2.1 GHz) band next year. LTE-A will provide T-Mobile with spectrum aggregation so multiple AWS or PCS channels could be combined. T-Mobile plans to reach 200 million people with LTE by the end of next year, although that estimate doesn’t include the spectrum from MetroPCS. T-Mobile hopes to “cover 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013″ and complete the rollout in 2014, according to CTO Neville Ray.

Clearwire recently cut their TD-LTE rollout schedule, which would begin in mid-2013, with 2,000 instead of 5,000 cell sites equipped with the TD-LTE gear at launch. Carrier aggregation can combine two 20 MHz channels to deliver 225 Mbps using TD-LTE.

LTE eNodeB gear is the basestation hardware that connects to a mobile phone. The primary suppliers include:

The app economy was enabled by broadband wireless and smartphones.

When Apple introduced the App Store in 2008, it sparked a software revolution where independent developers could write standalone consumer-facing products. Developers could quickly bring their ideas to market while avoiding up-front marketing costs.

This triggered a wave of innovation that in four years has produced a $20 billion marketplace. By 2015, the app economy is projected to top $100 billion.

Smartphones are now used by half of cellular users. Inexpensive broadband wireless is expected to stimulate cloud services and location-based information services.

Apps are dominated by individual entrepreneurs, while Apple, Google and Microsoft, all U.S. companies, dominate the mobile OS.

Mobile apps are in the drivers seat. Carriers are along for the ride.

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Posted by Sam Churchill on Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 12:27 pm .

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