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Any idea when Verizon is going to start deploying LTE-A?

Jayshmay

Mar 4, 2013, 11:25 AM
All the dealings with the FCC over the 1700 AWS from the cable companies is over, sooo I'm wondering when Verizon is going to start deploying 700/1700 LTE-A??? Stuff I've been reading about carrier aggregation is also very exciting!

I'm hoping Q4 of this year, or Q1 of 2014.

Has Verizon mentioned at all their timeline to
start implementing 700/1700 LTE-A?
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eyephone

Mar 4, 2013, 1:50 PM
No idea.. what will be the difference of 4G LTE to LTE-A?
If LTE-A will start soon, is it available across the US?
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Jayshmay

Mar 4, 2013, 2:04 PM
Improved speed, likely above 60mbps!!!

Is it available across the U.S.?
The equipment T-Mobile is deploying LTE is newer equipment than when Verizon deployed LTE, and therefore a newer version of LTE, we'll know real-world speed tests in the next 3-5wks.

LTE-Advanced is mind bliwingly fast!!!
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eyephone

Mar 4, 2013, 2:13 PM
Oh okay! That's exciting.. I just got a samsung galaxy s3 4G LTE through verizon. Will i be able to use the 'LTE-A' to my new phone or should i buy a new phone which has a LTE-A capability?
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CellStudent

Mar 14, 2013, 5:03 PM
Current LTE deployments support speeds up to 25 Mbps (most people don't get quite that high, but today's LTE towers and handsets are capable of it). The most taxing thing 99.99% of users will ever, ever do with a wireless connection is watch an HD movie, which only requires about 10 Mbps.

That essentially means that for all non-industrial uses, LTE = LTA-a and no one will know the difference.

Now, if for some reason Pixar wanted to use a cellular connection as their primary internet access and they needed to upload an entire 2-hour filmbase from one site to another in in 10 minutes or less, they would see a benefit from doing that using an LTE-a connection. That's a pretty narrow market, and there are existing systems that give 1 - 3...
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Jarahawk

Mar 14, 2013, 11:17 PM
"...2G and 3G services can be shuttered..."

I've got until 2020 to hold on to my 1x handsets.
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Jayshmay

Apr 1, 2013, 1:58 PM
Laughing Laughing Laughing !!!!!!

Thanks dude, I needed a good laugh!
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Below.Me

Mar 31, 2013, 10:13 AM
Verizon has not finished the complete build out of regular LTE.

There are no plans of upgrading to LTE-A in the immediate future.
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Jayshmay

Apr 1, 2013, 2:14 PM
They're 90% done with the LTE rollout, the purchase of the AWS 1700 spectrum has been completed, I have a feeling they'll start next year.
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Below.Me

Apr 1, 2013, 11:14 PM
When I attended the quarter employee meeting in February, the director of network operations was in attendance and taking questions. He was asked about LTE-A and he said there are no plans for deployment in the immediate future

He stated the next big focus for the network is going to be VoLTE.
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Jayshmay

Apr 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
Oh, thanks for the info. I kinda thought that's what they bought the AWS 1700 spectrum for from the cable companies, to beef up the LTE.
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CellStudent

Apr 2, 2013, 8:12 PM
Jayshmay said:
I kinda thought that's what they bought the AWS 1700 spectrum for from the cable companies, to beef up the LTE.


This is true. VoLTE is going to eat up lots of spectrum. They'll need these airwaves for existing LTE protocols, and won't be putting LTE-A in any time soon.
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