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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HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Verizon Expands XLTE to 6 More Markets
Verizon Wireless today marked the one-year anniversary of its XLTE service by expanding coverage to six additional markets. XLTE is now available in Marshalltown, Iowa; Madisonville and Owensboro, Ky.; Traverse City, Mich.; Meridian, Miss.; and Martinsville, Va.
Meet the LG Exalt, Verizon's First LTE-Only Flip Phone
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AT&T and Verizon Kick Off Interoperable VoLTE Calling
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun allowing some customers to place VoLTE calls to one another. The carriers' deployment of interoperable VoLTE is woefully behind schedule.
Verizon Debuts LTE Advanced with 50% Faster Speeds
Verizon Wireless today said it has launched LTE Advanced service in 461 markets around the country, covering some 288 million POPs or 90% of Americans. Verizon's LTE Advanced relies on two- and three-channel carrier aggregation to boost speed and capacity.
VoLTE sounds exciting!