Right now, Sprint's got 4G down. Their WiMAX-backed next-generation wireless technology is popping up in cities all over the country, and they've got their first 4G-enabled device out there, in the hands of customers. But, that's obviously not stopping the largest wireless carrier in this neck of the woods from moving right along with their own next-gen connection options. Verizon, though, will be using Long Term Evolution, and not WiMAX, and according to a newly leaked document detailing the future of the roll-out, it looks like Verizon is right on schedule and moving along quite nicely.
As we have heard in the past, and is being relayed in the newly leaked document, Verizon is still planning on having a large part of the United States covered by LTE by the end of 2010. That equals to be about 120 million people, which is based on population, and not the number of Verizon subscribers. Major cities in Georgia and Texas, like Atlanta and Austin, respectively, were named specifically in this part of the report.
By the end of 2011, Verizon is planning to have every major college and university covered with 4G. Specific cities are named as well, while states like Alabama and Louisiana should also get turned on around this time as well. By 2012, Verizon will have all of the interstates and major highways covered, and all subsequent cities within a 30 mile range of those roads will also be covered by 4G. And then finally, by 2013, Verizon expects their current 3G footprint to be enhanced by LTE. Bold plans, to say the least, but it's good to see that Verizon is sticking with their game plan. Now, we just have to wait and see if it happens.
[via Hot Hardware]