LAS VEGAS, NV; ATLANTA, GA; and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From CTIA WIRELESS 2010®, USCarrier Telecom, LLC and Verizon Wireless announced today that USCarrier’s Southeastern regional fiber-optic network has been selected by Verizon Wireless as part of its plan to build the nation’s first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
USCarrier is utilizing the most advanced Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transmission over its high-capacity optical transport network and will supply backhaul links between major Verizon Wireless switch centers throughout Georgia and Alabama. Additionally, USCarrier is coordinating efforts with Verizon Wireless partners to aggregate cell tower traffic to major switch centers.
“Verizon Wireless has been one of USCarrier’s most prominent customers since 2004,” said Joaquin Luna, president of USCarrier Telecom. “Because of the increased demand for mobile data traffic, USCarrier is dedicated to staying in the forefront of network technology as we continuously upgrade our core network to help deliver the most innovative, cost-effective 3G and 4G services available to Verizon Wireless.”
Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless network vice president, said, “USCarrier Telecom has been a long-time partner, and together we are already working hard to ensure that our network in Georgia and Alabama will be ready to handle the bandwidth required for our 4G network.”
Verizon Wireless’ LTE rollout plan positions the company as a global leader in 4G LTE deployment, and it is on track to deliver the nation’s first 4G LTE network to customers in 25 to 30 markets, covering roughly 100 million people by year’s end. Verizon Wireless has been conducting trials in Boston and Seattle since August 2009 that have indicated that the network is capable of peak download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second (Mbps), peak upload speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps, and average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world environments. The speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.
By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage and in-building penetration. Verizon Wireless is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About USCarrier Telecom, LLC
USCarrier Telecom, LLC is a one-source provider of high-capacity, high-speed telecommunications bandwidth. Wholesale services include long-haul optical transport, metro Atlanta access, long-distance, Ethernet and Internet access connecting more than 40 cities in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and the Southeast. Headquartered in Atlanta, USCarrier has a Network Operations Center in Macon, GA with technicians deployed throughout Georgia and Alabama. USCarrier has more than 3,600 route-miles of state-of-the-art fiber optic network in four states, monitored twenty-four hours, seven days a week. For more information on USCarrier and its products and services, visit the company Web site at www.uscarrier.com.