We Watch Verizon’s LTE Video

May 11, 2010

Does this count as the start of Verizon’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) market hype? We were notified by Verizon folks today of the existence of a YouTube video that they claimed was “recapping some user ‘tastes’ of the 4G LTE network we’re building now.”

If you must watch we will link to the video below — but you could save yourself some time and just read our following report. We never really see a screen in motion, save for one take of a Speedtest.net test in action — and you will note that the LTE speed recorded is a download figure of 8.55 Mbps, which is fast but certainly nowhere near the 50 Mbps figure that Verizon likes to talk about.

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Clearwire Adds 4 New Markets in Pennsylvania

May 3, 2010

Ahead of Tuesday’s first-quarter earnings call, nascent national WiMAX provider Clearwire Corp. (Nasdaq: CLWR) has announced the availability of its services in four new central-Pennsylvania markets — York, Reading, Harrisburg and Lancaster. Good news, if you have to travel outside of the greater metro Philly area. But we’re sure this won’t be the biggest Clearwire news to drop this week.

Hang on, Boston, your 4G is coming soon! Or so says Comcast, anyway. Much more Clearwire stuff to come this week, so keep your browser tuned to Sidecut for the latest.

Seattle, Boston will be LTE Trials for Verizon

July 28, 2009

We are glad someone listened to the Verizon earnings call Monday, if only to find out that Seattle and Boston would be the two places where Verizon will conduct trials of its planned Long Term Evolution (LTE) services later this year. Interesting to see the hype level on proposed LTE speeds has also died down; we’ll have to listen to the call replay to see if it is Verizon saying that LTE is expected to “provide average data speeds between 8-12 Mbps” as this article quotes.

Of course, Sidecut Reports readers aren’t surprised by those numbers! Since Clearwire has announced plans to bring its mobile WiMAX services to its hometown of Seattle before the end of year, could coffeetown offer the first real head-to-head LTE/WiMAX competition?

UPDATE: Stacey H at GigaOM has a great rundown of Verizon’s moving-target proclamations on LTE delivery dates. Can’t wait to see how much jumping around happens when they start talking pricing, devices and speeds!

On the 3G side of things, it’s great to see that Verizon and AT&T are doing meaningful things that will help improve their networks for their customers. Or at the very least, they are keeping those lawyers gainfully employed.