Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced with 50% faster peak speeds in 461 U.S. cities

Verizon LTE Advanced coverage map September 2016

Verizon, the nation’s leading telecommunications company, today said that mobile users in 461 cities across the United States now get fifty percent faster peak wireless data speeds thanks to LTE Advanced, the next generation of wireless technology.

A major enhancement of the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard, LTE Advanced uses existing cell towers and a software technique called carrier aggregation which combines multiple channels to transfer data more quickly than with LTE.

Verizon’s LTE Advanced is now available across all the major cities in the United States, including remote places like highways, interstates, country roads and rural America.

“Our customers just received a major network enhancement for no additional cost,” said Tami Erwin, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit.

“Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use. That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced.”

Customers can take advantage of LTE Advanced on their iPhone 6s or using one of the 39 LTE Advanced-capable phones and tablets, including Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S7 smartphones. Compatible devices automatically upgrade to LTE Advanced with “no extra plan costs, no settings to change and no indicators to check,” said the company.

“As new devices from Apple, Samsung, LG and other manufacturers are introduced, they will be LTE Advanced-capable right out of the box,” said Verizon.

Verizon LTE Advanced infographic

To realize these benefits, the firm uses so-called carrier aggregation technology that combines two or three bandwidth channels into one larger channel to send data sessions over the most efficient route to completion.

Two-channel carrier aggregation boosts typical download speeds of 5–12 Mbps to peak download speeds of up to 225 Mbps. Check out the speed comparison video below, showing how Verizon’s LTE Advanced compares with the carrier’s existing LTE network.

Three-channel carrier aggregation, which they’re already underway deploying, will increase data transfer speeds on the Verizon network to more than 300 Mbps.

To learn more, point your browser at the Verizon website.

Source: Verizon Wireless