Verizon Talks LTE Network and Google Tablet

Submitted by lalit on May 12, 2010 - 11:34am.

Verizon started testing next generation LTE network in Boston, MA last month. The initial testing was limited to a small pizzeria shop to gain real world prospective for LTE technology before large-scale implementation. Verizon is reporting that the testing showed real world network speeds of 5-12Mbps for download and 2-5Mbps for upload. Verizon has posted a video (added below) on YouTube showcasing the network speed enhancements offered by LTE technology and opinions of various customers who used the LTE network at the pizzeria in Boston. Verizon plans to start LTE deployment later this year and would bring LTE service to more than 30 markets in 2011.

In other Verizon related news, the company’s CEO Lowell McAdam told WSJ “We’re working on tablets together (with Google), for example. We’re looking at all the things Google has in it archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” Google has been working on both Android OS and upcoming Chrome OS for tablet type devices, and many companies have announced that they will release tablets based on Google Android OS later this year. According to Bloomberg, Verizon will base their tablet on Android OS, as the company is already supporting the OS for smartphones on their network. No word on launch date for Verizon tablet, but it’s unlikely that we will see an Android based tablet before fourth quarter of this year on Verizon.