Verizon to Reach 400 LTE Markets This Month
Verizon Wireless today provided an update on the progress of its LTE network deployment. Verizon Wireless said that it will reach 400 covered markets by October 18, about two months ahead of schedule, when it adds Marquette, Michigan. The roll-out will continue for the rest of the year and on into 2013. Verizon said that by the close of 2012, it will add another 20 markets to its LTE coverage, pushing the total number of markets covered to more than 420. According to Verizon, 35% of its data traffic now transits its LTE network. Verizon expects that number to climb to 75% within a few months. Verizon says this uptake is significantly faster than when it transitioned from its 2G network to 3G. It terms of future technologies, Verizon is looking at LTE-Advanced as a possible successor to LTE, but also plans to use AWS spectrum (1700 MHz) to supplement its current LTE network, which uses 700 MHz, over time. AWS-capable devices should be available within the next year. Verizon also noted that it is still evaluating VoLTE and is "excited" to bring VoLTE to its devices and network. Verizon did not commit to a firm time table for launching VoLTE. It will begin trials in late 2013, and hopes to launch in either late 2013 or early 2014.
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Verizon Brands Its Dual-Band LTE Markets as 'XLTE'
Verizon Wireless today announced the launch of XLTE service, which is a new way for the company to market its dual-band LTE network. Verizon Wireless initially deployed LTE in the 700MHz band.
Verizon Updates LG G3 with VoLTE
Verizon Wireless announced an over-the-air software update should hit the LG G3 beginning today that adds VoLTE capabilities. VoLTE passes voice calls over Verizon's LTE data network rather than its voice network.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.
Verizon Lights Up AWS Spectrum in 22 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today announced it has expanded the reach of its "XLTE" footprint by 22 markets. Verizon's LTE network runs on 700MHz almost nationwide, but it has been adding coverage in the 1700MHz band throughout the year and marketing the dual-band 700/1700MHz coverage as XLTE.
VoLTE sounds exciting!