Testing is one of the biggest parts of dealing with any wireless carrier. They’ve got to test their network constantly, have to test devices on their network constantly, and now, with the inexorable switch to 4G, they’ve got to test the upgraded network as well. That’s a lot of testing. But, eventually, it’s got to come to an end, and when it does, we can all hope for some favorable results. For Verizon Wireless’ LTE tests, it looks like the technical trials indeed went smoothly, because they’re ready to move on to the next stage: user testing.
Long Term Evolution is Verizon Wireless’ (and other carriers’) answer to Sprint’s WiMAX network. While Sprint may already be up and running, Verizon Wireless’ plans may be a bit more ambitious, to say the least. As it stands right now, the largest wireless carrier in the United States has been testing LTE in Boston and Seattle, and the results have been more than favorable. As David Clevenger, Executive Director of Public Affairs at Verizon puts it, the technical trials have finished, and have met with industry standards.
The next stage? “Friendly user trials.” Which is the nicest way of saying that the company is looking for feedback on the network. No, that doesn’t mean they’re going to start handing out 4G-capable devices to random pedestrians out there (we can certainly hope, though). It’s going to likely be Verizon Wireless employees. Additionally, testing will get bumped up to three more cities, but Verizon wouldn’t comment on which ones, or when.