Verizon bringing LTE to your favorite “NFL City” this year?

| September 16, 2010 | Reply
Verizon has been expected to launch their LTE Network to about 1/3 of the country at some point this year.  We have known these projections for a while, but with the clock winding down and no further information it was always speculation as to exactly when and where. Today we have learned that Verizon has said they will be going live in 30 “NFL cities” with 4G coverage by years end.  Living on the East Coast this is definitely of an advantage to me being surrounded by more than a few of these cities, and leaves me wondering how and when the Midwest will come along.  Check out the story below and be sure to drop us a comment.  Things will start to become more interesting on the Verizon front once LTE is available along with newer devices to handle this network.

We already knew Verizon was planning to hit one third of the country with LTE this year with plans to expand dramatically after that, but things are starting to come into sharper focus: the carrier today said that it’ll light up 30 “NFL cities” with 4G by the end of the year. Now, there’s only 32 teams, so it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out where that’s going to be — and considering the plan is to hit “major metropolitan areas,” we’ll go ahead and guess Green Bay isn’t on the list, even though the Packers are by far the best team in the league. (Buffalo and Jacksonville also spring to mind — and let’s not forget that the NFL still isn’t in LA, despite Ari Gold’s best fictional efforts on Entourage.) The plan is to first upgrade each cell site’s backhaul connection to Gigabit Ethernet so they’ll have the necessary bandwidth to support the 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up speeds with 30-150ms latency promised for Big Red’s LTE network at launch. Ambitious, but hey — we’d love nothing more than to be streaming the Super Bowl over LTE when all’s said and done.

Update: As many of our beloved commenters have pointed out, there are technically only 30 NFL markets, as New York has the Giants and Jets and the Raiders and 49ers play across the bay from each other. LTE for everyone, then? We’ll have to wait and see — and we’ve got a feeling a few Oakland residents might take offense at being lumped in with their neighbors across the bridge.

Source:  Engadget

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