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Verizon: LTE Congestion a 'Short Blip' Fixed by AWS Spectrum
by Karl Bode 06:28PM Wednesday Dec 11 2013
Verizon is currently in the process of using the AWS spectrum obtained at auction in 2008 to supplement the company's existing LTE deployment, which should result in improved capacity and overall speeds for users in many markets. Speaking at an investor conference this week, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed New York (their most heavy usage market) is the first to see the upgrades, where he admits a dozen of some 300 cell sites have been suffering capacity issues. According to McAdam, Verizon intends to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum during the first half of 2014. McAdam insisted Verizon's LTE capacity constraints were a "short-term blip" and that "we're now back to where we want to be."

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jmn1207
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Excuse to Ignore Sandy Victims?

Does this mean that Verizon can now justify their position of blowing-off replacment of copper with LTE service in storm-ravaged regions they operate in, or continue to allow the infrastructure to fall apart while they jack prices up in an attempt to get remaining customers to migrate to other options?

CosmicDebri
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Port Saint Lucie, FL

Way 2 Go

Good job Verizon..... of using spectrum you haven't been squatting on since 2008. Took you only 6 years to figure out how to use it? Or now you can say you don't squat on it, cuz your using it?? Either way....... yes.... sarcasm.......
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I reject your Reality and substitute my own! -- Adam Savage, Mythbuster

Volte

@comcast.net

Re: Way 2 Go

said by CosmicDebri:

Good job Verizon..... of using spectrum you haven't been squatting on since 2008. Took you only 6 years to figure out how to use it? Or now you can say you don't squat on it, cuz your using it?? Either way....... yes.... sarcasm.......

This is called good strategic planning by those who don't hate corporations.

toby
Troy Mcclure

join:2001-11-13
Portland, OR

Re: Way 2 Go

No, its called buying spectrum and not using it, so others can't have it. Squatting.

Spectrum should be free and if you don't use it, you lose it.
openbox9
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Re: Way 2 Go

Is that not a strategy?

Anon E Muss

@myvzw.com
said by CosmicDebri:

Good job Verizon..... of using spectrum you haven't been squatting on since 2008. Took you only 6 years to figure out how to use it? Or now you can say you don't squat on it, cuz your using it?? Either way....... yes.... sarcasm.......

Well except Verizon only obtained this spectrum in August 2012.

August 23, 2012 | By Phil Goldstein

As expected, the FCC approved Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) $3.9 billion purchase of 20 MHz of nationwide AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies,

»www.fiercewireless.com/story/fcc···12-08-23

miataman

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Re: Way 2 Go

said by CosmicDebri:

Good job Verizon..... of using spectrum you haven't been squatting on since 2008. Took you only 6 years to figure out how to use it? Or now you can say you don't squat on it, cuz your using it?? Either way....... yes.... sarcasm.......

said by Anon E Muss :

Well except Verizon only obtained this spectrum in August 2012.

LOL.. Don't confuse 'em with the facts, their mind is made up.
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CosmicDebri
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Re: Way 2 Go

I was going by the date Karl has in the OP.......

And that doesn't mean I'm apologizing for my statement. Anyone agreeing with anything Verizon is doing is a shill or shareholder. Everything they do is good for us, why are we whining.....

yeah.... sarcasm again......
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I reject your Reality and substitute my own! -- Adam Savage, Mythbuster

SteelerRaw

@72.5.190.x

Re: Way 2 Go

said by CosmicDebri:

I was going by the date Karl has in the OP.......

Well VZW did win a nice chunk of AWS spectrum at auction in 2006 covering the eastern half of the country that they allowed to lay fallow for several years: »www.phonescoop.com/articles/arti···9&p=1495

Anon E Muss

@myvzw.com

Re: Way 2 Go

said by SteelerRaw :

said by CosmicDebri:

I was going by the date Karl has in the OP.......

Well VZW did win a nice chunk of AWS spectrum at auction in 2006 covering the eastern half of the country that they allowed to lay fallow for several years: »www.phonescoop.com/articles/arti···9&p=1495

and you do realize that Verizon has already gave that spectrum to T-moible last year when they acquired the AWS spectrum from the cable companies. Perhaps you should be asking t-mobile what they are doing with it.

Also Verizon is selling it's 700MHz A-block spectrum which T-Mobile is considering buying. So yeah Verizon really sounds like it's trying to prevent other carriers from having spectrum.

SteelerRaw

@72.5.190.x

Re: Way 2 Go

said by Anon E Muss :

and you do realize that Verizon has already gave that spectrum to T-moible last year when they acquired the AWS spectrum from the cable companies.

What I realize is that VZW didn't "give" t-mobile anything. They sold and swapped spectrum. Regardless, that doesn't change the fact that the AWS spectrum auction was in 2006 and six years later in 2012 VZW still hadn't deployed anything on those airwaves.

Volte

@comcast.net

Besides spectrum, Verizon also rolling out Volte & LTE Broadcast

Besides more spectrum, Verizon is also planning rolling out Volte & LTE Broadcast next year.

michieru
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!

What is the new technical strategy here? Offload to WiFi in highly congested cities whenever possible? Will they do a similar strategy as T-mobile to provide voice and text via WiFi when towers are simply saturated?

Are they really having capacity issues even with caps? Maybe time to look at Lightsquared again?

So many questions...

Hdxhdx

@verizon.net

Re: !

Like em or not at least they admitted a problem and fixed it. Unlike tmobile.
brad152

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Re: !

Never had a problem with T-Mobile in any city i've ever been too, even works fine on cross country road trips.

I pay ½ of what i paid for verizon and use as much data as i want (sometimes 2gb but sometimes 30gb - i do not have to worry)

not to mention i can actually hear who i'm talking too since GSM does not have EVRC - the reason why most VZW subs sound muffled like they're talking through a pillow most of the time.

Kidz

@107.14.223.x

Re: !

Tmobile in NYC sucks. Vzw or AT&T is 20times better.
BosstonesOwn

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but..but...but...

Wireless is the future, and congestion is a thing of the past with the new wireless technologies. These are all just "blips" on the road to being a wireless nation !

This was physics just playing a joke with Verizon. Like college buddies who pull each others legs whenever possible. Ahhh good times, good times !

I couldn't get over 8 megs a sec on vzw here, they never acknowledged they had a problem ! Good job McAdam... Your crew over there has managed to defy physics ! And came up with unlimited bandwidth over the air ! Please take on fuel consumption next.... we need the Verizon magic machine to get us past the 100 mpg mark with gasoline !
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openbox9
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Re: but..but...but...

said by BosstonesOwn:

These are all just "blips" on the road to being a wireless nation !

Not completely wireless, but yes, a nation of mobility.

KrK
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LTE Congestion: More Caps and Overages, my Son

Ah, the way to fix "LTE Congestion" is to "discourage" 'excessive' use. IE: By-the-byte billing, the true Verizon wet dream.

Step One: Get rid of landlines where-ever possible; Push everyone onto wireless.

Step Two: "Protect the Network" and the finite wireless bandwidth with low caps, high overages, or by-the-byte billing (or both)

Step Three: Profit. Pools and pools of money.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

dude55

@sbcglobal.net

Verizon: LTE Congestion a 'Short Blip'

Why doesn't the press jump on this blip as they did AT&T when they were the exclusive
icrap provider?
wkm001

join:2009-12-14

Short Blip

It might be a short blip to them. But having crappy LTE speeds for 25-50% of your two year agreement seems high to me.