U.S. wireless operator Verizon Wireless to open its network in 2008

Verizon Wireless testing lab
Verizon Wireless testing lab
Verizon Wireless today announced that it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company. Verizon Wireless plans to have this new choice available to customers throughout the country by the end of 2008.

In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network. Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network. “Devices will be tested and approved in a $20 million state-of-the-art testing lab which received an additional investment this year to gear up for the anticipated new demand” said the company. Any application the customer chooses will be allowed on these devices.

“Verizon Wireless is not changing our successful retail model, but rather adding an additional retail option for customers looking for a different wireless experience,” said Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless president and CEO.

Following publication of technical standards, Verizon Wireless will host a conference to explain the standards and get input from the development community on how to achieve the company’s goals for network performance while making it easy for them to deliver devices.

Verizon Wireless currently serves 63.7 million U.S. customers.

Tuesday, November 27th 2007

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