US wireless carrier Verizon
has launched its new EV-DO Rev. A broadband network, an upgrade to the EV-DO networks it had up until now.
Verizon customers will now be able to upload files five to six times faster than before thus access e-mail or the Internet faster.
The locations it will be launched in include Boston and its suburbs; Richmond and Hampton Roads, Virginia;
Chicago and its suburbs; Gary Indiana; Salt Lake City and several other cities in Utah; and Florida.
The customers from those areas will have significantly faster data uplink speeds than the company's national EV-DO network.
Verizon customers in the coverage areas can expect download speeds of 450-800kps and upload speeds of 300-400kbps which means that it would take just about 15 seconds to download a 1MB e-mail and 25 seconds to upload it.
The company's existing EV-DO network allows customers to access BroadbandAccess, a business data service, on their laptops, e-mail on PDAs and the V CAST Video and Music services on their mobile phones.
It is already available to over 200 million Americans and it's said to be the most reliable broadband network in the country. All of the services, including BroadbandAccess will run more efficiently and faster than before with the network enhancements.
Aside from announcing their new EV-DO
Rev.A network, Verizon Wireless has also announced a new compact USB720 wireless modem that boasts high-speed wireless broadband Internet access and the possibility to connect to all the latest notebooks, desktops or handhelds via USB.