Replying to: Any idea when Verizon is going to start deploying LTE-A? by Jayshmay
Re: The best answer: it doesn't really matter
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 GigaBits per second data streams for special use cases like the Pixars of the world (in my current job I'm building one right now, actually ).
LTE-a also has some features that will allow more simultaneous users on a tower at one time, so that could have some de-congesting effects, but that in itself is not a compelling reason to adopt LTE-a on a wide scale when essentially the same benefit will come when 2G and 3G services can be shuttered and their spectrum re-mapped to have existing LTE technology put to use.