Verizon has completed initial technical trials for its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, according to a conference call for hardware partners. The company will now begin its next phase, ‘friendly user trials’, which will cover five – as yet unnamed – cities. Verizon’s LTE network was recently demonstrated in a YouTube video, with download speeds ranging from 5Mbps-12Mbps and upload speeds from 2Mbps-5Mbps.
Verizon has yet to disclose which cities have been added to the 4G testing, following earlier trials in Boston and Seattle. The company is also remaining quiet regarding the details of its friendly users, although the testers are expected to be select Verizon employees or other companies involved in the projects.
Despite the recent completion of technical trials, Verizon suggests that it is still on track to meet its earlier promise of formal 4G deployment in 25-30 markets by the end of the year. Executives claim the 4G coverage map should be comparable to the current 3G coverage by 2013.