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.
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":
quote: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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. -- For those who chose there own fears over liberty will only dig them self's deeper into the pit of darkness. For those who chose to blame tools over each other for wrong doing, it will only lead to madness. -Unknown
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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.