Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will detail its LTE network launch on Dec. 1, and may finally provide information on pricing for devices and service plans.
The carrier said in a brief statement that Verizon Wireless CTO Tony Melone will hold a teleconference Dec. 1 at 12 p.m. EST to detail the company's LTE launch. The operator did not provide any other information about what would be discussed.
Verizon has been steadily revealing details about its LTE launch over the course of the year. Earlier this month, Verizon debuted its first LTE advertisement, which teased that the launch would occur sometime in December. However, the company has not disclosed how much it will cost consumers to access to its next-generation network. In the past, Verizon has hinted that it will employ a usage-based pricing system for LTE, though Verizon executives indicated earlier this month they could also charge users based on their access speeds.
Verizon will launch LTE service this year in 38 markets and at more than 60 airports, covering 110 million POPs. The carrier will expand that figure to 200 million POPs by 2012 and more than 285 million by 2013. Verizon has said its network will deliver real-world downlink speeds of 5-12 Mbps and uplink speeds of 2-5 Mbps. The operator's first LTE devices will be USB dongles, followed by other devices next year. Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said earlier this month that Verizon's first LTE smartphone will be available in February, months earlier than the company had previously indicated.
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