Verizon to Deploy AWS Devices and Spectrum This Year
Verizon Wireless plans to sell AWS-capable devices during the first half of the year, and launch LTE service on its AWS spectrum during the second half of the year. Speaking with Fierce Wireless, Verizon Wireless CTO Nicola Palmer explained that the company will be largely done deploying LTE in its 700MHz spectrum holdings by mid-year. Verizon then plans to use its AWS spectrum, which it acquired from a consortium of cable companies last year, to expand its LTE 4G network capacity. Devices with AWS spectrum support will arrive before July. Verizon will spend the second half of the year adding AWS support to some 5,000 cell sites, with more to follow in 2014. Palmer did not specify which devices will be first to include support for AWS spectrum. Palmer also reiterated the company's plans to launch VoLTE by late this year or early next year, do its best to forge LTE roaming partnerships with foreign carriers, and eventually graduate its LTE 4G network to LTE Advanced over time.
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