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Motorola Starts LTE Trials on Verizon Wireless Network

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Motorola has started testing a LTE deployment in the USA with Verizon Wireless, according to Ray Owen, general director of Motorola Vietnam and Motorola's head of technology, Asia. He added that the company is also testing with other network operators worldwide.

Speaking to the Taiwan based publication, DigiTimes he said that the company expects commercial products to start hitting the market next year.

He also insisted that LTE and WiMAX are complimentary technologies - not competitors as the core technology underpinning both platforms is broadly similar.

Network infrastructure being supplied by Motorola from later this year should be able to share the same hardware platform for both WiMAX and LTE deployments, making it easier and cheaper for operators to support both air interfaces. According to recent comments from Motorola's Fred Wright, Senior Vice President for Cellular Networks & WiMAX, about 85% of the work dedicated to WiMAX development can be reused for LTE based equipment.

Verizon Wireless announced its plans to migrate towards an LTE based network last November. Other trial suppliers to the operator include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia-Siemens and Nortel. 

On the web: DigiTimes

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