This is more network news than Android news but it pertains to all wireless users. Up till now Sprint had the only 4G service in parts of the USA. Now Verizon is rolling out 4G Cell Network updates.
"BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Verizon Wireless today announced it will host a webcast on Jan. 20, 2010, to review updated specifications for wireless devices that will run on the nationwide 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network it is building on the Upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum. Released today, the updated specifications address network access and SMS requirements and data retry test plans, as well as include new information about lab and signaling conformance, the open development device approval and introduction process and more. These documents will help guide developers into the next phase of bringing their LTE devices to the Verizon Wireless network.
Verizon Wireless plans to launch its 4G LTE wireless network in 25 to 30 markets next year and cover virtually all of its current nationwide 3G footprint with the next-generation network by the end of 2013. The company’s 4G LTE network will ultimately connect a full range of electronics devices and machines.
Jan. 20, 2010, Webcast for Developers will Review Specifications and Answer Developer Questions. Please see Verizon's press room for details."
North American laggs behind in 4G technology for many reasons. The biggest reason is old infrastructure. In America we have had telephones and communications for so long that many systems are built on whats there. This makes change hard to implement.
In newer and developing countries infrastructure is built from the ground up using newest technology. That's why if you travel to parts Europe the speed of wireless makes Americas Wireless feel like dial up.
This is very exciting and will insure that the Android movement has room to grow. We have heard estimates of Android grabbing 30% of the Cell Phone Market by 2011. If Verizon can improve faster than the other guy then the Droid will benefit for sure.