As predicted, during Verizon’s keynote at CTIA, CEO Lowell McAdam announced plans for the upcoming LTE rollout. While it was previously announced that the company would be rolling the service out to 30 NFL cities, McAdam announced that 4G would in fact be launching in 38 cities, including New York City, Houston, Dallas, the San Francisco Bay Area and unnamed cities that lack NFL teams.
With this rollout, Verizon LTE will cover about 110 million people, or about a third of the US population. The rest of Verizon’s coverage map will see LTE by the end of 2013. 200 million of those people should get the coverage in about 1.5 years, which isn’t bad at all.
All that coverage is great, but useless at the moment without devices to take advantage of it. McAdam dropped a few hints that we should see Verizon LTE phones debuting at CES. Unsurprisingly, we should expect a few of those phones to be Android, with “some products” set to be unveiled with Google CEO Eric Schmidt there as well. Those phones should be out in the first half of 2011, with other devices including modems and tablets to come as well. Perhaps this could be the fabled Verizon iPad, or just more Android tablets. Either way, Verizon LTE is coming, and it should be exciting.