One third of U.S. to be covered by 4G in 2010
"We are thrilled to help Verizon Wireless launch and grow its LTE offering in portions of Minnesota. As the wireless industry switches from T-1s to Ethernet backhaul, we are proud to work through the migration with a leader such as Verizon Wireless. The bandwidth that TTM is now deploying at each LTE cell site will enable Verizon Wireless to seamlessly scale and meet the dramatic growth in consumer data consumption," said TTM's Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Refer.
The carrier's Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone expects that the 25 to 30 cities launching in the "not too distant future" would be enough to cover a third of the U.S. by the end of the year. Coverage should double in about 15 months and should finally match or exceed 3G by late 2013.
U.S.Carrier is utilizing the most advanced Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transmission over its high-capacity optical transport network and will supply backhaul links between major Verizon Wireless switch centers throughout Georgia and Alabama. Additionally, U.S.Carrier is coordinating efforts with Verizon Wireless partners to aggregate cell tower traffic to major switch centers. "Verizon Wireless has been one of U.S. Carrier's most prominent customers since 2004," said Joaquin Luna,President of U.S.Carrier Telecom. "Because of the increased demand for mobile data traffic, U.S.Carrier is dedicated to staying in the forefront of network technology as we continuously upgrade our core network to help deliver the most innovative, cost-effective 3G and 4G services available to Verizon Wireless."