Fast wireless Web service to launch soon

Verizon Wireless of Bedminster, N.J., and Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego last month demonstrated for congressional and Federal Communications Commission staff a new high-speed wireless Internet service set to be rolled out in Washington and San Diego this fall.

Verizon's 1X Evolved Data Optimized (EvDO) service is based on Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access cellular standard and offers peak speeds of 2.4 Mbps over a cellular system, although real-world throughput is typically in the 300- to 800-Kbps range.

EvDO requires dedicated spectrum for the service, which Bruce Simon, Verizon Wireless director of advanced technology, said is being taken out of unused bandwidth in the 1,900-MHz range. 'We hope to outgrow that quickly,' he said. Additional frequency is being sought from government-owned spectrum.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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