Verizon Wireless is already working on their next-generation 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless network, with plans to light up part of the network in 2010. That much we already knew. Today, we’re hearing new reports that have Big Red allegedly putting some serious resources into deploying their LTE network sooner than expected.. According to a “knowledgeable” source, TechCrunch is reporting that Verizon is boosting their efforts to launch LTE in Q1 2010 in several key US markets.
Verizon Wireless’s latest plans have the carrier aiming to bring LTE online in the second half of 2010. Today’s rumor would bump up that launch window to the first quarter of 2010, which would beat MetroPCS to market. LTE testing has already shown impressive data speeds (the kind that would put the Clear WiMAX network’s 6Mbps rates to shame), so it’s entirely feasible that VZW would look to cash in on the data cash-cow as soon as possible.
At this time, the Verizon LTE launch rumors are just that, rumors. There’s no question that the US will see LTE become a reality in 2010, but whether we see it happen in the first half or second half of 2010 still remains to be seen. Ball’s in your court, Verizon!