Verizon Wireless Fosters Global Lte Ecosystem As Verizon Cto Dick Lynch Announces Deployment Plans

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Verizon Wireless Fosters Global LTE Ecosystem as Verizon CTO Dick Lynch Announces

Deployment Plans

BARCELONA and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

          New LTE Innovation Center Will Foster Wireless Growth 

    In a move that will jump-start deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE)

networks globally, Dick Lynch, Verizon executive vice president and chief

technology officer, detailed plans to build America's first next-generation Long

Term Evolution (LTE) network during his keynote remarks at Mobile World Congress

in Barcelona today.

    Lynch announced that Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon

Communications and Vodafone, has selected Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as primary

network vendors for its initial LTE network deployments in the United States. 

Verizon's announcement comes on the heels of industry-leading LTE network trials

in the United States and Europe, carried out in conjunction with Vodafone.  These

two vendors are expected to build the underlying infrastructure that will enable

Verizon Wireless to become the first wireless company to offer commercial LTE-

based service in the United States, starting in 2010.

    Lynch said, "Verizon Wireless' LTE network deployment will be driven by our

vision of providing ubiquitous global wireless broadband connectivity and

mobility.  LTE enables us to continue to meet business customer demands for a

higher bandwidth, low latency service that works broadly in the United States and

globally, while helping us to meet consumer demand for mobilizing the many

applications they frequently use when tethered to high bandwidth wired networks."

    "Verizon Wireless' deployment of LTE sets a unified direction in enabling

true, global wireless broadband and Ericsson is proud to be a part of this

historic occasion," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive

officer, Ericsson.  "We are not only providing Verizon Wireless with a complete

LTE solution, we are also committing our global leadership in technology and

standardization to help Verizon realize the promise of LTE during 2010.  We look

forward to a continued co-operation in the successful commercialization of LTE,

which will enable a new, enhanced mobile broadband experience for consumers and

enterprises throughout the United States."

    "Verizon Wireless' ground-breaking move toward LTE underscores its commitment

to accelerating and stimulating an environment that will offer its customers

greater capacity and new services in more areas than ever before," said Ben

Verwaayen, chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent.  "With LTE's bandwidth and

its ability to co-exist with the current 3G platform, we look forward to

partnering with Verizon Wireless to build the next-generation foundation that

will economically enable new forms of communications using both fixed and

wireless, as well as mobile broadband."

    Verizon Wireless also announced that in addition to Ericsson and Alcatel-

Lucent, Starent Networks has been selected as a packet core vendor. 

    In addition, Verizon announced that Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent

have been selected as key suppliers for the IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS)

network, which will enable rich multimedia applications regardless of access

technology.  IMS will be a cornerstone technology in the evolution of Verizon's

services infrastructure.  Verizon plans to offer IMS-based IP converged

applications and services on its wireless and landline broadband networks.   LTE

will be one of the key wireless access networks linked to the IMS technology. 

    Lynch said building and offering commercial services over Verizon Wireless'

LTE network, while also expanding its FiOS fiber network, is a consistent and

complimentary strategy focused on a committed future in broadband.  As has been

previously reported, Verizon's total capital expenditures totaled roughly $17

billion USD in 2008.  Lynch noted that LTE network costs would be within the

company's overall program as spending shifts from older technologies to new

strategic initiatives, such as LTE.  The company expects to maintain commercial

service on its 3G service well into the next decade.

    "Vodafone is pleased to endorse Verizon Wireless' decision to select these

vendors as part of their LTE deployment plans in the United States," said Steve

Pusey, global chief technology officer for Vodafone.  "As well as supporting

these plans for the United States market, Vodafone continues to work in close

cooperation with Verizon Wireless on a range of initiatives designed to drive the

commercial development of LTE, including an extensive program of trials."

    4G/LTE Innovation Center

    Lynch also announced that Verizon Wireless expects to foster creative

solutions connecting people, places and things wirelessly on its LTE network by

creating the Verizon LTE Innovation Center, which will be based in the suburban

Boston community of Waltham, Mass.  With support from founding partners Ericsson

and Alcatel-Lucent, Lynch said the mission of the Innovation Center is to be the

catalyst for early development of non-traditional products for use on LTE

networks.  A number of companies have already expressed interest in the Center,

which will be solely focused on helping Verizon Wireless technology partners

quickly develop and bring to market new and innovative LTE-based solutions within

the consumer electronics, machine-to-machine, and business products segments.

    Trials and Deployment 

    Utilizing their existing spectrum, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone have been

field testing 4G LTE networks in Minneapolis, Columbus, Ohio, and Northern New

Jersey in the United States, as well as in Budapest, Düsseldorf, and Madrid in

Europe, with a variety of network infrastructure providers.  These field trials

have demonstrated download rates of 50 to 60 Mbps peak speeds, though actual

average download results will not be determined until the commercial launch of

the new Verizon Wireless LTE network.  Utilizing its recently acquired 700 MHz

spectrum, Verizon Wireless will expand trials this summer, and Lynch said the

company will commercially launch its LTE network in 2010.  Once the initial

rollout is complete, plans are in place for aggressive deployment throughout

Verizon Wireless' entire network, including areas not currently covered by the

existing Verizon Wireless footprint.

    By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment, Verizon Wireless is

capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with

excellent coverage and in-building penetration, all at a cost structure

significantly below current levels.  Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, together with

a broad group of LTE ecosystem suppliers -- infrastructure, device and technology

companies -- have advanced the technology that will deliver unprecedented

wireless broadband service for high performance mobile computing, multimedia, and

consumer electronic devices and applications.

    LTE's Promise  

    Advanced LTE-based wireless networks will support incredible new applications

that businesses and consumers can only access today through high-speed wireline

networks.  In addition to simply faster e-mail and Internet access and better

quality video services, wireless users will be able to take applications they are

accustomed to using at home or in the office into the mobile world; roaming on

other global LTE networks will provide portability to take those applications

virtually anywhere on the planet.  LTE also offers the possibility of providing

coverage in some rural areas not currently served by wireless broadband.  Most

importantly, a wide-area wireless LTE network will be able to connect a full

range of consumer electronics devices and machines to each other -- the holy

grail of true wireless interconnectivity.

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    Lynch noted, "The appetite for new and innovative broadband services is

insatiable:  People want new and customized content, relevant information and

services, and increased opportunities to communicate with each other and the

world around them.  With the promise of more advanced devices and applications,

Verizon is ready to lead the way in harnessing the power of LTE, at the onset of

the LTE revolution."  

    Today's LTE announcement builds on Verizon Wireless' technology leadership. 

Verizon Wireless was the first company to broadly commercially deploy high-speed

wireless broadband service in the United States -- a wireless broadband network

based on CDMA Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology that covers

approximately 274 million people from coast to coast.  The company's drive and

dedication to innovation and leadership are demonstrated by its introduction of

new multimedia devices and services, its pro-customer position on industry issues

such as wireless spam and privacy, and its industry-leading open development


    For more information on products and services from Verizon Wireless, visit a

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    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless

voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers.  Headquartered in

Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless

is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and

LSE: VOD).  For more information, visit  To preview and

request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon

Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

SOURCE: Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT:  Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless




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