Verizon Wireless Announces Roll Out of National 3G Network

My spin: YES. Now you can be just about anywhere in the fruited plain and get high-speed , mobile internet access.
Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice network and the leader in next generation technology deployment, will begin immediately to expand its BroadbandAccess service nationally. Powered by Evolution-Data Optimized (EV- DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network, BroadbandAccess commercial service, with average user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps), is expected to be available in many major U.S. cities this summer.
Verizon Wireless 3G Network Benefits
BroadbandAccess, the fastest commercial wide-area wireless data technology available today, is based on CDMA technology-a digital wireless technology commercially developed by QUALCOMM. Since October 2003, BroadbandAccess has been successfully deployed in Washington D.C. with Lucent Technologies, and in San Diego with Nortel Networks. This high-speed data network will be available to business and individual customers beginning in the summer of 2004 throughout significant portions of the Verizon Wireless national footprint, with additional markets phased in through 2005. Because it is backward compatible-a distinct advantage to using CDMA technology-customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess area with an EV-DO device will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless’ existing NationalAccess network, based on 1xRTT technology. In addition to its ongoing annual capital investment program to build network capacity and coverage, the company expects to invest $1 billion over the next two years to deploy its EV-DO technology nationally.
New and Improved Applications for Business and Individual Customers
Later this year Verizon Wireless customers in many major markets will be able to use new EV-DO handsets and laptops equipped with PC cards to enjoy the many new fun and visual capabilities. They will be able to experience Get It Now(SM) applications at broadband speed including multi-player gaming, music and video content, video messaging and other multi-media applications.
Working with virtual private network (VPN) connections, enterprise customers can use BroadbandAccess as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location within the BroadbandAccess coverage area, as if they were in the office. BroadbandAccess, with average user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps), is ideal for downloading files and business-critical information residing behind corporate firewalls and for accessing e-mail, intranets and the Internet. BroadbandAccess uses CDMA EV-DO technology that has its own data protection and authentication and is designed to work with a business’ existing IT infrastructure and security solutions.
“The fast, simple access that BroadbandAccess provides is changing the way the corporate world views wireless data. Not only is it easy to use, it is also easy for IT departments to install and maintain and requires only the same level of customer support as wired high-speed access,” said Andrew Seybold, principal in Outlook4Mobility and editor-in-chief of Andrew Seybold’s Wireless Outlook. “American consumers, who are already embracing new camera phones, will be blown away by the ways EV-DO enriches their wireless experiences. Imagine sharing video clips of special occasions with loved ones hundreds of miles away, or being able to participate in video calls with the important people in our lives. Verizon Wireless is on the path to the equivalent of the ‘holy grail’ in the wireless data world.”
Enterprise customers can access information when they are on the road — at customer locations, at job sites, in taxis, or on trains — faster than with any competing technology. With data transmission bursts up to above 2 Megabits per second (Mbps), BroadbandAccess customers could download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 30 seconds, which is three to four times faster than using EDGE service, and as much as ten times faster than on a competitor’s GPRS network.