Verizon Wraps LTE Network Testing

User trials of the 4G network will begin in five cities, as the wireless firm aims to roll out the service in 25 markets this year.

Verizon Wireless has finished the testing phase of its new 4G Long-Term Evolution network in Boston and Seattle and is now moving to conduct "friendly user trials" in five cities. The carrier made the announcement during a conference call with hardware and software partners that will be designing devices for the 4G network. Verizon is able to build the network due to the purchase of the valuable 700-MHz wireless spectrum it bought in a 2008 Federal Communications Commission auction.