Verizon reiterates LTE push

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Ahead of next week's CTIA Wireless show, the annual event put together by the mobile phone trade group, Verizon has confirmed that it is on track to bring its next-gen mobile network to the US next year.

It will be the first to have an LTA (Long Term Evolution) network, but other mobile providers like Sprint and AT&T are already working on offering "4G" service, running under a slightly different technology. In the eyes of most, 4G and LTE are essentially the same beast. The terms are often used interchangeably.

"Our progress is good, and we're confident that the next generation of wireless network technology will deliver the speed, reliability and bandwidth that businesses, government and consumers have been anticipating," wrote Verizon CEO Lowell McAdams.

The mobile company's LTE network promises download speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, upload rates of 25 megabits per second, and have stronger reach than ever before.

Much like its existing 3G network is the most extensive in the country, Verizon says it wants to build the largest 4G network as well.