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February 19, 2009

Verizon’s LTE Announcement at MWC Barcelona

Filed under: 3G — Tags: — AJ @ 4:09 am

Verizon’s CTO, Dick Lynch, laid out his company’s LTE plans at Verizon’s first ever Mobile World Congress (aka 3GSM) keynote.  Verizon has now posted his slides on its website.

Key points from the presentation (and subsequent interview with Fierce Wireless)

  • 2009 is the year of pre-commercial LTE trials in the US. No commercial LTE service will be offered in 2009
  • Sizeable footprint in 2010.  PC cards and embedded modules (M2M) expected to be main devices
  • Complete nationwide LTE network by 2015
  • Dick is extremely bullish on wireless data
  • Pace of LTE deployments will be very similar to 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO
  • 3G (i.e. 1x and EV-DO) to stay in network for another 10 years
  • Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent win RAN business (often >70% of cap-ex)
  • Packet core divided between ALU, Ericsson and Starent
  • IMS divided between ALU and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN)

I will write a longer post  (using publicly available material) on why Verizon is taking the lead in LTE and how Verizon’s 1xRTT and EV-DO rollout were done. 

There is fair amount of discussion in the press on winners (ALU, ERICY) and losers (NSN, Huawei, Nortel, Motorola). In my subsequent post, I will add my few pennies to the debate as well.

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