Verizon Communications broke ground this week for a new facility that will be a key part of the company’s future in long-term evolution (LTE) technology.
The 60,000-square-foot facility is actually an expansion to Verizon’s lab in Waltham, Mass., near Boston. When the project is complete in about a year, it will be known as the Verizon Technology Innovation Center, a company spokesperson told the Boston Globe.
No new hires are expected, but the lab’s existing 300 Verizon and Verizon Wireless employees will use the new building to further their focus on 4G LTE, which the company plans to roll out to more than two dozen markets by the end of this year. The expanded facility will offer what the company calls an “experience center,” where customers can come and interact with some of the new technology.
In February, Verizon Wireless CTO Dick Lynch told the Mobile World Congress that his company was ready to deploy LTE “in a big way,” saying testing in Boston and Seattle was almost ready to get underway.
Rival AT&T has said “pshaw” to Verizon’s claims of 4G supremacy, arguing that the new technology won’t reach its full potential until 2012. Touting a big lead, AT&T CTO John Donovan said, is way too premature.