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Everyone knew the day would come: Verizon is testing Nortel ‘s EVDO Rev. A equipment, which would be a relatively simple upgrade from the Rev. 0 gear that they and Sprint Nextel use today. Rev. A dramatically boosts total and expected individual user uplink rates from what is often 50 to 150 Kbps today to a raw rate of 1.8 Mbps that’s expected to offer 150 to 250 Kbps on a typical basis to each user. Downlink speeds jump, too, from about 2 Mbps to 3.1 Mbps peak rate, which should translate to 500 to 800 Kbps for an individual user routinely.
Sprint had said they would start the move to Rev. A next year. Nortel stated that Verizon would begin the upgrade in third quarter of 2006! Yes, uplink speeds matter, and this is another clear sign of the consumer-as-producer economy, in which people creating—taking digital photographs, for one—need more upstream bandwidth.
Posted by Glennf at July 20, 2006 2:17 PM