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Verizon's Faster AWS Upgrades to Soon Get 'XLTE' Branding
by Karl Bode 05:49PM Wednesday May 14 2014
As we've previously noted, Verizon has started using the AWS spectrum won at auction years ago to bolster their existing LTE network, the results on an unloaded network showing 80 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up, improving both overall capacity and per user speed. The company has very quietly been upgrading thousands of cell sites to support the spectrum since last year, and is now prepared to put a coat of marketing paint on the endeavor.

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According to Droid Life, Verizon will officially take their AWS network public on May 19, when the company is expected to give it the PR moniker "XLTE":
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According to some information obtained by Droid-Life, Verizon will go public with its AWS LTE network on May 19. The network will be branded “XLTE,” and among the first phones to support it will be the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). Apparently both handsets will soon receive an update that will enable them to access Verizon’s XLTE network without having much effort on the hardware side.
Verizon has been lagging in a number of LTE speed tests of late, and the added capacity courtesy of AWS should improve that somewhat over the next few months. Verizon acquired the AWS spectrum from the cable industry back in 2011 in a $3.6 billion deal.

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bigballer

@205.214.216.x

sooo....

are we at 5G yet?

Thusatool

@50.121.70.x

Re: sooo....

Not even true 4g yet.
chris92

join:2008-09-20
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1 recommendation

Re: sooo....

There's always one of you guys

Thusa

@50.121.70.x

Re: sooo....

Facts hurt your feelings? I did not develop the 4g standard i just know the numbers.

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I wonder how much more that X costs per month?
Mr Guy

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Re: sooo....

Nothing and you know that.
videomatic3

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said by bigballer :

are we at 5G yet?

thusatool is right, true 4g by definition is a minimum of 100mbit download and upload, and can be anywhere up to 1gbit download and upload, so true 4g isnt even close yet, and will take much longer to get that

MDA

join:2013-09-10
Minneapolis, MN

Re: sooo....

We would have been there by now if they all used that federal grant money for building better networks instead of raising the pay of executives who sit and watch money being raked in from subscribers who have no other choice.
Mr Guy

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Correction

Verizon has started using the AWS spectrum won at auction years ago to bolster their existing LTE network

The AWS spectrum Verizon is using is the spectrum they bought from the cable consortium in fall 2012. Verizon doesn't have any AWS spectrum they bought "years" ago.
tabernak

join:2013-08-10

Re: Correction

His reference puts it late 2011, that'd be 2.5 years, your guess still puts it at 1.5 years, so "years" is technically correct in either case.

Having said that, I agree the way it was used made me think it's been longer than either number.
Mr Guy

join:2014-05-06
USA

Re: Correction

said by tabernak:

His reference puts it late 2011, that'd be 2.5 years, your guess still puts it at 1.5 years, so "years" is technically correct in either case.

Having said that, I agree the way it was used made me think it's been longer than either number.

Verizon did not get permission form the FCC to obtain the spectrum until fall 2012.
dotditdot

join:2009-09-23
New York, NY
Verizon also scooped up a number of AWS licenses from the original auction in 2006 (they bought spectrum covering the eastern half of the US), and then proceeded to squat on them for 7-8 years.
Mr Guy

join:2014-05-06
USA

Re: Correction

Besides the fact you're wrong, it does no good for a nationwide carrier to have spectrum that only works in part of the country. Heck they barely had 3G rolled out in 2006 and didn't begin their 4G roll out until late 2010. So your revisionist history is a bit off.

You're going to be one of those who in 2017 will be complaining Verizon hasn't utilized it's 600 MHz it obtain in next years auction. Despite the fact that the FCC gives those TV stations have 39 months to vacate those frequencies.
dotditdot

join:2009-09-23
New York, NY

Re: Correction

There's nothing revisionist. Go look at the results of auction 66 (AWS-1). The auction results were released in Sept. 2006. Verizon spent $2.8 billion on the spectrum. They then did nothing with the spectrum until 2013 - 7 years.

Go take your revisionist history somewhere else.

delusion ftl

@50.168.216.x
I rarely meet someone who is so consistently wrong. Verizon did buy a lot of AWS 8 years ago and sat on it. Here's the section they bought:

»img.phonescoop.com/img/a/m/17542.gif

You should seriously consider posting about things you know about.
decifal

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i'm for

Less speed, more usable caps please
ke4pym
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Uhhh

I thought the Galaxy S4 supported the AWS network?

Cjaiceman
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Re: Uhhh

I was also under this as well:

»www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/veri···-update/
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mikeluscher159

join:2011-09-04

Umm yeah no

OK. Let the roasting begin.
1. This is just marketing PR of the AWS spectrum they have been using to beef up coverage in congested area's.
2. They say just the S5 and M8.... What about my '13 Droid Maxx that already uses Band 4 AWS?
3. Why don't they bring some of this non congested network to fucking Staten Island. There's well populated places where I'm still dropping down to 1X! In 2014! 1 Bar of LTE with speeds in the dial up range doesn't count as coverage.

kyler13
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join:2006-12-12
Arnold, MD

Re: Umm yeah no

Yep. LG G2 also supports band 4 out of the box. They're just trying to push the newer phones.
nfotiu

join:2009-01-25
I'm guessing the update they are talking about for the s5 and m8 will bring up a little xlte on the notification bar when in those areas. The other phones will still utilize AWS, we just won't get the satisfaction of knowing we are.

SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
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AT&T doesn't have the spectrum to keep up

Losing the AWS spectrum to T Mobile will cost them dearly. The AT&T LTE network slows to a crawl (1mb) in this area.
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Re: AT&T doesn't have the spectrum to keep up

said by SlowFITL:

Losing the AWS spectrum to T Mobile will cost them dearly. The AT&T LTE network slows to a crawl (

Been like that in Verizon markets for years. I have even seen 56k like speeds on there 4G LTE.
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said by SlowFITL:

Losing the AWS spectrum to T Mobile will cost them dearly. The AT&T LTE network slows to a crawl (

They did not loose all of it, plus they have 700. Here At&t speeds are great.
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Verizon Lies.

Pure, Simple, Fact.
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SrsBsns

join:2001-08-30
Oklahoma City, OK

oh yeah?

Well T-Mobile has XXLTE! Verizon just making it up as they go along to confuse consumers into thinking they have something better than LTE.
Mr Guy

join:2014-05-06
USA

Xlte is not Spark

Spark combines spectrum. Verizon's LTE works with either 700 MHz or AWS spectrum not both at the same time. Maybe the 2 models mentioned can combine spectrum none of the other models that can use AWS can.