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"Verizon Wireless Pushes Back 1x Rollout"

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by KevinJames, Dec 26, 2001.

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    By Kristy Bassuener
    December 21, 2001

    Verizon Wireless today says its third-generation wireless network has been road-tested by more than a dozen companies that like what they see. But the No. 1 carrier also slipped in the announcement news that it will commercially roll out its CDMA2000 1x network for data services in the first half of 2002, a development reported earlier this week by Wireless Week . The news backtracks on the company's earlier promise that it would have several markets offering the service commercially by the end of this year.

    The problem still appears to be handsets: 'Verizon Wireless eagerly awaits the broad availability of 1XRTT-enabled devices,' a statement says. Although manufacturers have released 1x handsets -- including LG InfoComm and Kyocera -- Verizon's announcement appears to indicate that it needs more to do a commercial rollout.

    'We test the hell out of devices before the go commercial,' says Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson. Nelson adds that the company will not announce which manufacturers' handsets it plans to use until they are commercially available.

    Still, as much as 20 percent of Verizon Wireless' footprint is 1x-enabled. Even though Verizon doesn't offer commercial data services on the upgraded network yet, subscribers still get the benefit of added voice capacity in those areas. Following a preview of the upcoming data services in Philadelphia, several companies went on the record to talk up the offering.

    The capabilities 'enabled Emblaze Systems to showcase its carrier-grade wireless media platform featuring applications such as multimedia messaging, video on demand and live streaming,' says Sasson Darwish, president of Emblaze Systems Inc.

    From: WirelessWeek
     

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