Arizona chosen to test fast 4G LTE wireless network

Arizona will soon become the nation’s first and only test site for the fastest wireless technology entering the marketplace, a leap in cellphone and Internet service that could drive down prices for consumers.

Think seamless movie streaming on mobile devices, multiple-player gaming on smartphones and crystal-clear videoconferencing.

Clearwire, the wireless Internet-service provider behind the technology, will start the tests this fall and hopes to offer the service throughout the Valley next year. For months, the company has been seeking permits from cities to put up poles to transmit its microwave signal.

The tests are part of an intense competition in Arizona and elsewhere between Clearwire and other wireless companies to provide fourth-generation, long-term-evolution, or 4G LTE, technology. The emerging wireless technology is expected to provide download and upload speeds equal to cable Internet and exponentially faster than the third-generation, or 3G, technology used by cellphone-service providers now.

As with any new product that rivals its competition, consumer prices should come down, experts say.

“This could change a lot of things for people,” said Retha Hill, director of the New Media Innovation Lab at Arizona State University. Consumers may scrap their cable, phone and Internet service and switch to wireless if the costs are significantly lower, she said.

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