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Friday, August 14, 2009

Verizon Wireless Completes Successful LTE 4G Data Calls In Boston And Seattle

Source: Verizon Wireless press release
Verizon Wireless today completed its first successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth generation (4G) data call in Boston based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard; the company also announced today that it had earlier completed the first LTE 4G data call based on the 3GPP Release 8 standard in Seattle. The successful data calls involved streaming video, file uploads and downloads, and Web browsing. Significantly, Verizon Wireless has successfully made data calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable voice transmissions over the LTE 4G network.

2 comments:

Steve said...

I thought VZW was planning to use CDMA fallback for voice for LTE subscribers, at least initially?

gustavmahler said...

According to their previous news articles(read, http://ltewatch.blogspot.com/2009/04/verizon-tips-lte-specs-think-data-not.html), initial deployment will only support data-only services (internet browsing, multimedia streaming, VoIP, etc.) . The legacy voice support (via CDMA fallback) should be at a much later stage, I assume. Besides, there is still ongoing debate in 3GPP on how to support legacy (circuit switched) voice.

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