Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Verizon Wireless LTE announcement at CTIA - San Francisco

Information on Verizon Wireless's plans for a 2010-2011 LTE roll-out has been no secret, as the company provided early demonstrations for the press and analysts at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. Today, at the CTIA Wireless Enterprise and Applications show in San Francisco, a bit more information was provided on the cities that will have 4G coverage by the end of this year.

Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, told the CTIA audience that "a half a dozen" LTE-equipped smartphones and tablets would be shown at next year's CES keynote.  He also added that Google CEO Eric Schmidt would be joining him for the product announcements on the stage in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see if the Android LTE devices are smartphones or tablets, or both. After Dell's presentation of the WiMAX-equipped Inspiron Duo tablet at Intel's Developer Forum just a few weeks ago, will we see a CES faceoff of a 4G-Windows tablet vs. 4G-Android and 3G-iPad, with Steve Ballmer also scheduled for a keynote address?

Here is the list of cities in Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment. I'm happy to see that Silicon Valley won't have to wait for LTE as we have (still) for WiMAX, Verizon will be going head-to-head with Sprint & Clearwire here by the end of the year.

  1. Akron, Ohio
  2. Athens, Georgia
  3. Atlanta, Georgia
  4. Baltimore, Maryland
  5. Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Charlotte, North Carolina
  7. Chicago, Illinois
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Cleveland, Ohio
  10. Columbus, Ohio
  11. Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas
  12. Denver, Colorado
  13. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  14. Houston, Texas
  15. Jacksonville, Florida
  16. Las Vegas, Nevada
  17. Los Angeles, California
  18. Miami, Florida
  19. Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota
  20. Nashville, Tennessee
  21. New Orleans, Louisiana
  22. New York, New York
  23. Oakland, California
  24. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  25. Orlando, Florida
  26. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  27. Phoenix, Arizona
  28. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  29. Rochester, New York
  30. San Antonio, Texas
  31. San Diego, California
  32. San Francisco, California
  33. San Jose, California
  34. Seattle/Tacoma, Washington
  35. St. Louis, Missouri
  36. Tampa, Florida
  37. Washington, D.C.
  38. West Lafayette, Indiana
  39. West Palm Beach, Florida

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