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LTE Juggernaut rolls in!

LTE or Long Term Evolution a 3.9G technology that is based on OFDMA based air interface is finally getting its due diligence with Verizon announcing today that it is launching its new network on December 5th by offering a couple of LTE-capable USB sticks. The service will begin in 38 major metropolitan areas and 60 major commercial airports.

By announcing the Dec. 5 launch, Verizon Wireless beat its own deadline, which was originally the end of December. The LTE service, which Verizon Wireless is calling its “4G” service in line with what has become industry marketing practice, will produce download speeds from 5 to 12 megabits per second, and upload speeds of 2 to 5 megabits per second. This is somewhat faster than the Sprint/Clearwire version of 4G and slightly slower than the T-Mobile version. The company predicts that it will be the largest 4G network in the United States when it goes live.

As expected, Clearwire and T-Mobile disagree. Shortly after the Verizon Wireless anno..

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