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The state of 4G in 2010

Brad Reed | March 9, 2010
You can expect lots of exciting trailers and teasers that will tide you over, but don't expect to see any real action until the latter half of the year.

"The technical capabilities for LTE voice will be there in the 2011 timeframe," he says. "The question for us will be whether our footprint will be sufficient at that point to provide customers with a good experience for voice over LTE, or whether we'll be better off offering 3G coverage for voice and 4G for data."

In other words, don't expect the 4G revolution to immediately sweep the land over the next two years. Just like other technologies in the past, 4G deployment will require a long process of trial and error, as well as hybrid systems to serve as bridges from legacy technology.

"At some point, 4G voice on LTE will become the norm," Melone says. "But we may have to start off with dual-radio devices.


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