Verizon to introduce next-gen wireless data network

Verzon has announced that they’re introducing a CDMA 2000 1xEV-DO (Evolution Data Only) wireless data network in the San Diego and Washington, D.C. areas later this summer. 1xEV-DO is considered a 3G technology.

During preliminary tests that Verizon Wireless conducted in an area from Falls Church [Virginia] to Rockville [Maryland], people could download files while on the go at speeds from 300 to 600 kilobits per second, or about five to 10 times as fast as a dial-up modem. While stationary, users could access the Internet at speeds up to 2.4 megabits per second, about 60 percent faster than a cable modem.

Although 1xEV-DO has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 2.4 Mbps, typical datarates will be closer to 100 Kbps. In contrast, CDMA 2000 1xRTT (currently supported by Verizon and Sprint) has a theoretical maxiumum bandwidth of 144 Kbps, with typical datarates around 50 Kbps. [via Slashdot]