Verizon's LTE Network Reaches 500 Markets
Updated: updated number of AT&T LTE markets; added reference to VoLTE and LTE-Advanced; added yet more details
Verizon Wireless today said that its LTE 4G network is now available in 500 markets around the U.S. It is available in 49 states, and will launch in Alaska next month. LTE blankets 99% of its CDMA 3G network footprint, and is available to 95% of the U.S. population, or about 298 million POPs. According to Verizon 57% of the data that transits its network runs over LTE. By way of comparison, AT&T's LTE 4G network is now available in 291 markets and covers more than 200 million POPs. Sprint's LTE 4G network is available in 110 markets and reaches about 150 million POPs. T-Mobile offers LTE in only a handful of markets right now. It expects to cover 100 million POPs with LTE by mid-year, and 200 million by year's-end. Verizon went on to say that new technologies, such as VoLTE and LTE-Advanced, are still "on the horizon." According to Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer Nicola Palmer, the company is looking to launch VoLTE, with features such as HD Voice and RCS Chat, in 2014; and Verizon will offer its first LTE-only, VoIP-enabled phone by late 2014. The company expects traffic on its CDMA 3G network to decrease by 50% by 2015, and will at that point begin refarming some of its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon will, however, deploy LTE on its AWS spectrum holdings before it refarms its PCS spectrum.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
T-Mobile Starts Deploying LTE On Its 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today offered some details about its LTE network. To start, it has expanded its LTE service footprint to cover 260 million POPs — an increase of 10 million POPs over the last two months.
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.