In a speech given at the 2009 PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, the senior vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon Wireless, Tony Melone, detailed the company’s plans for rolling out its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, cellular-news reports. Melone revealed that Verizon intends to launch LTE in 25 to 30 markets in 2010, aiming to deploy the 4G technology across its nationwide 3G footprint by year-end 2013. In his keynote speech at the conference, Melone said, ‘The winners in the 4G world will be those companies that first, focus on their core competencies, and second, facilitate and embrace collaboration and partnering. We can build all the bells and whistles and make lots of bold claims, but none of it will matter if the network – and all of the underlying infrastructure that supports the network – is not fundamentally reliable.’
Verizon is also taking part in a number of collaborative initiatives aiming to develop the ‘4G ecosystem,’ such as: the Open Development Initiative, established to help third parties develop and certify devices to run on the new network; the Verizon LTE Innovation Center, serving as an incubator for the early development of both traditional and non-traditional LTE products; the Verizon Developer Community, a group of application developers designing a range of mobile applications to be distributed through the cellco’s upcoming apps store; the Joint Innovation Lab, a venture with China Mobile, Softbank and Vodafone aiming to develop a software platform allowing applications to run seamlessly across multiple operating systems; and a joint venture with Qualcomm aimed at machine-to-machine wireless services for a variety of vertical market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products.