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.
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.
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.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
T-Mobile Nearly Done Integrating MetroPCS
T-Mobile today said it has migrated the majority of MetroPCS customers off the company's legacy CDMA network and onto its own LTE network. T-Mobile says fewer than 500,000 MetroPCS customers are still using the CDMA network.
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.