4G: LTE and WiMAX
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Verizon will launch its 4G LTE network in 30 cities by the end of 2010. The service will initially debut in what Verizon is calling the "National Football League Cities." The company plans to roll out its next-gen wireless network to the entire country by 2013. Meanwhile, Sprint continues its rollout of Clearwire's WiMAX next-generation wireless technology with the introduction of services in New York City, including enterprise solutions targeted at healthcare organizations. WiMAX is already available in Portland, Ore., and Baltimore, Md., among other cities.
The CIO Insight
If you're in a big city, chances are you'll be able to capitalize on Verizon's high-speed wireless service next year. If you're not, you'll be stuck with 3G for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, Sprint has been out of the gate since last year with its 4G alternative, WiMAX. The company announced its New York City launch this week with a major emphasis on enterprise applications, including healthcare. Industry experts debate which options - WiMAX or LTE - will ultimately win the 4G race. No matter the ultimate winner, 4G stands to drastically change the way you do business. Not only is it much faster than 3G, but it will provide additional bandwidth for accessing information in real time while mobile, which will improve your employees' productivity. The wireless carriers have a long way to go on their infrastructure buildouts, though, before 4G is a mobile reality that can be relied upon for mission-critical enterprise applications.