Verizon Communications Inc, the country's largest 4G LTE and 3G network provider, is planning to offer an integrated video service for its wireless customers. The service will be extended to its FiOS customers and cable partners, chief executive Lowell McAdam told the Wall Street Journal.
Technically, I think we could have something out that would be the beginnings of an integrated offering in time for the holidays, said McAdam.
According to the report, the telephone company is yet to receive approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice for buying spectrum license of $3.9 billion from operators like Comcast Corp, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications Inc.
While some cable companies already allow subscribers to watch some TV channels at home on mobile devices like the iPad, with the new integrated video feature, users will get the opportunity to specifically pick and choose content they want to buy instead of paying for bundles of channels as they do in the TV universe, McAdam said.
At the same time, Verizon Communications, which serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers, has also said it will expand its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to more than 25 towns in Middle Tennessee outside of Nashville within next few weeks.
While our competitors are just now focused on getting 4G LTE to major cities, we've had our 4GLTE network running in Nashville since 2010 and are now bringing the high speeds to the rest of the state, said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless' Carolinas/Tennessee region. Our 4GLTE network now covers more than 85 percent of Tennessee's population.
With this latest 4G LTE expansion, consumers will be able to use 4G LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots in more parts of Middle Tennessee to access wireless that is up to 10 times faster than 3G.
Currently, Verizon Wireless is the only carrier to offer 4G LTE service throughout Tennessee.