Government Technology reports that Verizon is about to launch an upgrade of its wireless network to 4G speeds. Public safety and security agencies will be prime beneficiaries of the faster service.
“It’s not about just getting faster e-mail and making faster voice calls; we do that pretty quickly now,” said Bernie McMonagle, Verizon’s associate director of federal government data solutions. “It’s about enabling applications that you couldn’t run before through a wireless device.”
First responders will have “quicker access to access to advanced communications and massive data files (video, mapping and GPS applications, etc.), U.S. public safety agencies support LTE technology for a proposed nationwide public safety network.”
Verizon, says GovTech, plans to have its network covering two-thirds of the population in 18 months and nearly the entire U.S. population by 2013, according to Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam.
“Deployed over Verizon’s nationwide 700 MHz spectrum, the network will extend applications like never before with data downlink rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and uplink rates of 2 to 5 Mbps. To start, Verizon’s network will be available in cities such as Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. In addition, 60 commercial airports will also have LTE coverage. Some public safety entities, such as the Baltimore (Md.) Police Department in a pilot with Sprint in January 2009, have already tested 4G technology.”