CES: Verizon Wireless touts big LTE ecosystem, showcasing 10 devices and LTE apps
Samsung, HTC, LG, HP and Novatel contribute to Verizon’s growing LTE portfolio, while app developers began exploring the network’s high-speed capabilities
LAS VEGAS -- Motorola’s two LTE handhelds turned out to be just the fraction of the Verizon Wireless’ new mobile broadband device portfolio and ecosystem-building effort. At a media event Thursday at CES, Verizon Wireless previewed a whopping 10 long-term evolution (long-term evolution) handsets, tablets, laptops and broadband routers, as well as several applications designed to take advantage of LTE’s unique features.
In addition to the new Motorola Bionic Android smartphone and the Xoom, a 3G tablet launching in February that can be hardware upgraded to LTE, Verizon showed off three more Android handsets, the HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Revolution and a yet unnamed Samsung handset, as well as an LTE notebook PC and the Compaq CQ10-688nr netbook. Novatel chipped in an LTE version of its MiFi wireless router, and Samsung is delivering its own WiFi mobile broadband router, bringing it device contribution number to 3.
Apart from the devices themselves, though, VZW demonstrated the early work it’s done with its developer partners to tailor applications for LTE.
Skype announced a real-time video chat application for the new devices, which will take advantage of LTE’s high-speed uplink and sub-30 millisecond latency to power a near real time mobile video calling service. VZW plans to use the service across its LTE device portfolio, expanding its already close relationship with Skype.
Electronics Arts also used the “blazing speeds” of LTE to explore mobile applications that wouldn’t have been possible on slower networks. EA vice president of worldwide studios Travis Boatman previewed a new mobile version of EA’s popular game Rock Band, using the LTE connection to link four smartphones, each acting as a separate instrument in a networked jam session. “You’re going to be able to leverage the speed and availability of the LTE network to form a band,” Boatman said.
Verizon didn’t release any pricing details for the new devices or any specific launch timelines. Chief Marketing Officer Marni Walden said all of the devices will be available by the end of the second quarter though at least one device will be available as soon as March.
Verizon CEO Dan Mead also indicated that data pricing wouldn’t change drastically for the new mobile broadband handsets. “As we come to market you’ll see pricing plans that you’re used to,” he said. For the tablets that would likely mean the same usage-based data plans VZW offers for its LTE laptop cards and 3G tablet services. For smartphones , that would mean unlimited usage. Mead, however, said VZW that its data pricing strategy isn’t necessarily set in stone, adding VZW could revisit plan pricing at a later date.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!
© 2013 Penton Media Inc.
In this Webinar you will learn how to create a real-time relationship with your customers, how to proactively improve the customer experience, and how to successfully target and cross-sell services to boost incremental revenue.
- Megabytes to Megabucks, Bandwidth to Business Models: How 4G Is Changing Everything
- How to Unplug Your Redundant Telco Apps To Save Money and Improve Efficiency
- When IaaS Isn't Enough: Service Provider Business Models to Drive Growth and Build Margin
- How to Transform Your Aging Telco Voice Network to Drive New Profits and Revenue
- Creative Licensing Approaches for Telcos & Their Network Equipment Vendors
- Smart Home Opportunity: Balancing Customer Data & Privacy
This paper discusses the rise of Diameter and benefits of Diameter Protocol.
- Conducting The Orchestration – Order Management at the Speed of Business
- Toward a Converged Network Edge
- Beyond Spam – Email Security in the Age of Blended Threats
- 6 Important Steps to Evaluating a Web Filtering Solution
- The Expertise to Protect You from Botnet and DDoS Attacks
- Seeing is Believing – Bridging the Order Visibility Gap
Service providers are under tremendous pressure to turn up new services faster then before and, at the same time,
to do it at less expense - and intra-office fiber is one of the biggest challenges in terms of both cost and service
From the Blog
Join the Discussion
Get more out of Connected Planet by visiting our related resources below:
Connected Planet highlights the next generation of service providers, as well as how their customers use services in new ways.Subscribe Now