Verizon Completes Network Upgrade to EV-DO Rev. A
Verizon Wireless has announced that all of its CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network nationwide has been enhanced to Revision (Rev.) A technology. According to Verizon, users with compatible EVDO Rev. A equipment (no current Verizon Treos) can expect average download speeds ranging from 600 kbps to 1.4mbs/s. Coupled with average upload speeds of 500 to 800 kbps provides a significant boost over the existing 1x and EVDo speeds.
The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, runs faster and more efficiently with the new network enhancements; customers can take advantage of upload speeds that are eight to nine times faster than before plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency for an even better experience.
Devices that take advantage of the faster speeds provided by the EV-DO Rev. A today include the USB720 wireless modem, V740 ExpressCard, AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Cards from Verizon Wireless, which are fully compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company's NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology).
An earlier, unsubstantiated rumor indicated that the upcoming Verizon version of the Treo 755p already released on Sprint would have Rev.A support. Of course, the ability of Palm's aging Garnet OS to handle the simultaneous voice and data requirements of Rev. A brings serious doubts as to the feasibility of this rumored capability.