Thursday, April 16, 2009

Verizon Wireless Drives 4G LTE Open Device Specifications

Verizon Wireless has published an initial set of technical specifications for devices that will run on its Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth generation (4G) network. The specs provide guidelines for both access and data transport for LTE devices. They are intended to serve as a roadmap for developers who choose to develop devices for submission to the LTE certification process.

To encourage developers to design devices that can take advantage of 4G network speeds and capabilities, Verizon Wireless plans to host a Web conference on LTE device specifications on May 13, 2009. The Web conference is designed to discuss the details regarding the latest on LTE specifications, answer questions, and gather feedback, all with a goal of encouraging transparency, clarity and ease in designing devices to run on LTE networks.

Tony Lewis, vice president of open development at Verizon Wireless, said, "Hardware is the starting point, and Verizon Wireless is encouraging developers to get excited about designing innovative products and services the future requires. We want to publish details to the development community as soon as possible to get us started on that journey. Verizon Wireless is fully committed to openness and transparency that brings companies and people together, harnessing the power of LTE over 700 MHz spectrum. In broadly sharing how LTE standards for access and transport will translate into our specifications today, we can provide a framework for all developers who want to begin their work immediately."

Verizon Wireless also reiterated that commercial use of its LTE network is expected to commence in 2010.

The specifications are available for download online.

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