Verizon Wireless has recently completed the initial testing phase of its 4G wireless service in Boston and Seattle. This advancement in technology, known as Long Term Evolution (LTE), marks a significant milestone as the company prepares to launch its service commercially in 2010. By utilizing the 700 MHz spectrum acquired through an FCC auction, Verizon aims to provide 4G coverage to approximately 100 million individuals across 30 markets by the same year, with nationwide coverage expected by 2013.

In these initial test cities, Boston and Seattle, Verizon has successfully set up 10 LTE 4G cell sites each, leveraging the 700 MHz spectrum for optimal performance. These locations were strategically chosen due to their mix of suburban and urban areas, as well as their tech-savvy populations. The LTE technology boasts the potential for vastly improved speeds compared to current 3G technology, with Verizon anticipating speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional wireless networks, although the exact speeds are yet to be determined.

Verizon’s foray into 4G services will position it in direct competition with Clearwire and its WiMax technology, which is already operational in several cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Portland, Ore. Clearwire, in partnership with cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable, is expanding its 4G network rapidly. Additionally, Sprint Nextel, a Clearwire partner, is offering 4G services alongside its 3G network within Clearwire’s coverage area.

During an investor conference call in July, Verizon hinted at Boston and Seattle being the initial cities for LTE deployment. However, details regarding the pricing and packaging of the LTE service are yet to be disclosed. Presently, Verizon’s 3G wireless service, EV-DO, is priced at approximately $60 per month for up to 5GB of data. In comparison, Clearwire’s WiMax service starts at $20 per month for home broadband and $40 per month for mobile internet, with additional options such as day passes and voice services.

By embracing the potential of 4G technology, Verizon Wireless is poised to revolutionize wireless connectivity and deliver enhanced services to consumers nationwide. Stay tuned for more updates on the rollout of Verizon’s 4G service and the evolving landscape of wireless communication.