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Verizon 4G field trials hitting 40 to 50 megabits per second

Verizon Wireless said its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trials are producing download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second with upload speeds half that tally.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Verizon Wireless said Monday that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) field trials are producing download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second with upload speeds half that tally.

Verizon has touted its LTE rollout as it looks to get a year jump on AT&T's 4G rollout and trump early movers such as Clearwire, which is rolling out next-gen wireless services via WiMax technology.

In a statement, Verizon noted that it hit the 40 to 50 megabit per second mark in trials in Boston and Seattle. Jason Hiner reported last week that Verizon Wireless' LTE trials were going well. The trials have been going on since 2009 and focused on streaming video, Web browsing, voice over IP calls and other items. While the 40 to 50 Mbps mark makes for good headlines in practice you won't get those speeds.

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Verizon Wireless said LTE average data rates are 5-12 Mbps downstream and 2 to 5 Mbps upstream. On average, LTE will put Verizon Wireless on par with what the average cable modem could do.

The company reiterated that it will have 4G covering 25 to 30 markets by the end of the year.

On the wired side of the house, Verizon touted a 100 gigabits per second optical transmission field trial with Juniper, NEC and Finisar. The trail was conducted in the north Dallas area.

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