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Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum

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Dec 4, 2014, 3:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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. Verizon already offers LTE on its 700MHz and AWS spectrum bands, which it markets at XLTE. Mike Haberman, Verizon Wireless' vice president of network performance, said the company isn't refarming PCS spectrum because it needs to. Rather, as Verizon sees 3G data usage across its PCS spectrum decline, it is repurposing that spectrum for 4G in order to stay ahead of the competition. The company doesn't have a timeline for refarming all its PCS spectrum to LTE, but it said it expects to operate its CDMA EVDO network (in the PCS band) through Dec 31, 2019. Haberman said moving into 2020 and beyond, it is possible Verizon will sell LTE-only devices. When asked, Haberman said Verizon plans to keep operating its traditional voice network in its 850Mz spectrum for the foreseeable future.

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