Free registration required to read the article. “Verizon Wireless said on Wednesday that it would expand its wireless high-speed data network into 14 additional cities, including New York and Los Angeles, starting on Monday.
The move is part of an acceleration by wireless companies to expand the reach of their broadband Internet services.
Verizon Wireless, which currently offers the network in three cities, has said that it expects to spend $1 billion through 2005 to upgrade its cellular network to carry data at faster speeds. Users of broadband cellular networks typically download and send data through a laptop computer or other devices configured to communicate with the network, rather than with a cellphone.
The new network will, for now, be far faster than services offered by other mobile carriers, analysts said. The network will download data at 300 to 500 kilobits per second, at least equivalent to the speeds of residential high-speed connections. But the network uploads data at about 50 kilobits per second, industry analysts said, making the sending and receiving capabilities uneven. Residential connections typically send and receive data at equal speeds.”