Verizon Wireless (VZW) announced that they have completed upgrading their entire broadband wireless network to EVDO Rev. A. The service is marketed through their BroadbandAccess brand and provides broadband download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (Kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second (Mbps) and average upload speeds of 500-800 Kbps.
VZW can lay claim to the largest mobile broadband wireless network in the U.S., with Sprint running a close second. While AT&T can argue their mobile wireless broadband network is larger, they simply cannot offer the same network performance with their EDGE based network. Expect VZW to pounce on their rivals, especially AT&T with this news. I would expect some direct or indirect reference to the AT&T’s EDGE network not being able to support all of the wonderful multimedia applications being offered for the iPhone.