Verizon Wireless Fosters Global LTE Ecosystem as Verizon CTO Dick Lynch Announces Deployment Plans

18 Feb 2009
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Verizon Wireless Fosters Global LTE Ecosystem as Verizon CTO Dick Lynch Announces Deployment Plans

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02/18/2009

BARCELONA, Spain, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ "” In a move that will jump-start deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks globally, Dick Lynch, Verizon executive vice president and chief technology officer, detailed plans to build America's first next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) network during his keynote remarks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.

Lynch announced that Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone, has selected Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as primary network vendors for its initial LTE network deployments in the United States. Verizon's announcement comes on the heels of industry-leading LTE network trials in the United States and Europe, carried out in conjunction with Vodafone. These two vendors are expected to build the underlying infrastructure that will enable Verizon Wireless to become the first wireless company to offer commercial LTE-based service in the United States, starting in 2010.

Lynch said, "Verizon Wireless' LTE network deployment will be driven by our vision of providing ubiquitous global wireless broadband connectivity and mobility. LTE enables us to continue to meet business customer demands for a higher bandwidth, low latency service that works broadly in the United States and globally, while helping us to meet consumer demand for mobilizing the many applications they frequently use when tethered to high bandwidth wired networks."

"Verizon Wireless' deployment of LTE sets a unified direction in enabling true, global wireless broadband and Ericsson is proud to be a part of this historic occasion," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, president and chief executive officer, Ericsson. "We are not only providing Verizon Wireless with a complete LTE solution, we are also committing our global leadership in technology and standardization to help Verizon realize the promise of LTE during 2010. We look forward to a continued co-operation in the successful commercialization of LTE, which will enable a new, enhanced mobile broadband experience for consumers and enterprises throughout the United States."

"Verizon Wireless' ground-breaking move toward LTE underscores its commitment to accelerating and stimulating an environment that will offer its customers greater capacity and new services in more areas than ever before," said Ben Verwaayen, chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent. "With LTE's bandwidth and its ability to co-exist with the current 3G platform, we look forward to partnering with Verizon Wireless to build the next-generation foundation that will economically enable new forms of communications using both fixed and wireless, as well as mobile broadband."

Verizon Wireless also announced that in addition to Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent, Starent Networks has been selected as a packet core vendor.

In addition, Verizon announced that Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent have been selected as key suppliers for the IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS) network, which will enable rich multimedia applications regardless of access technology. IMS will be a cornerstone technology in the evolution of Verizon's services infrastructure. Verizon plans to offer IMS-based IP converged applications and services on its wireless and landline broadband networks.

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