April 19, 2012
Verizon Bringing LTE To 230 More Areas And Private IP Networks
Verizon announced that as of Thursday, 230 metropolitan areas across the U.S. will have access to its 4G LTE network.
Verizon claims its high-speed network averages 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds, which is about 10 times faster than 3G networks.
It said by the end of 2012 that LTE services will be accessible in 400 cities across the U.S., reaching over 260 million people.
The carrier also said on Wednesday that it has combined its 4G LTE wireless network with its Private IP network service to give business users secure, high-speed Internet access.
The company began rolling out its Private IP Wireless LTE in January, and since then the service is already used by two dozen businesses.
Businesses will now have the flexibility of a high-speed wireless network through Verizon, without having to worry as much about security.
During the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (http://new.www.redorbit.com/consumer-electronics-show/), Verizon demonstrated an ATM connected to LTE to show off the security of its Private IP network.
News reports with video will be able to be transmitted over the Private IP LTE network instead of a more expensive satellite connection.
Having a Private IP over LTE is a $500 one-time charge to create a mobile private network, then the customer pays wireless data costs each month.
About 190,000 customers use Private IP over the company's now outdated EV-DO option, according to Peter Konings, Verizon's director of global product management.
"With faster speeds, companies can provide many more apps [wirelessly] than before," he told Computer World.
Sprint was the first carrier to offer a 4G phone, which came out two years ago. This network was powered by a standard called Wimax, which does not reach the same speeds as 4G LTE.
AT&T and T-Mobile launched their 4G service on a standard known as HSPA+, which was inferior to Wimax.
With Verizon opening up its 4G LTE service to two-thirds of the U.S. population tomorrow, it is now ahead of all its competitors. AT&T and Sprint are both now trying to set up their LTE infrastructures.