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Verizon Wireless outlines Rev. A deployments

Verizon Wireless gave details on its CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Revision A network deployments, service launches that come just a few months after Sprint Nextel Corp. began its own Rev. A network upgrades.
Verizon Wireless announced that it has introduced Rev. A coverage in Chicago; Boston; Richmond and Hampton Roads, Va.; Salt Lake City and other cities in Utah; and across Florida.
The carrier is selling a pair of Rev. A PC cards, the Novatel Wireless Inc. USB720 and the Sierra Wireless Inc. Aircard 595. The carrier’s Web site lists the price of the Aircard at $100 after a $50 online discount and the USB modem at $130 after a $50 online discount. Both devices are backwards compatible to both EV-DO Rev. 0 and the carrier’s 1x data networks.
Verizon Wireless estimated its Rev. A speeds average 450-800 kilobits per second for downloads and between 300 and 400 kbps for uploads. Sprint Nextel earlier this week upgraded its estimates of its Rev. A speeds, saying that network monitoring and tweaking would allow customers to experience average download speeds between 600 kbps and 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 350 kbps to 500 kbps.
Sprint Nextel kicked off its Rev. A roll-out in San Diego in October and says it now covers about 95 million people in 24 major markets. A Verizon Wireless spokesman declined to specify the number of potential customers that the carrier now covers with Rev. A service.


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