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Verizon Adding Carrier Aggregation to 20x20MHz Channels

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Jul 24, 2015, 6:14 PM
Does anyone know what bands they are tying together? And what phones support those bands in carrier aggregation?

Jul 24, 2015, 7:45 PM
It would have to be 700 and the 1700/2100 paired. Those are the only bands Verizon uses for LTE. They likely won't be able to use 850 and 1900 until 2020. Unless they violate the terms they agreed to when they purchased Alltel. (Of course, purchasing Alltel when they did was a violation of the agreement they made when they became Verizon, so enough money in the right hands might see them break the 2020 agreement).

Jul 25, 2015, 9:15 AM
In markets where Verizon has plenty of PCS spectrum, they'll be using some of their PCS spectrum for LTE as well. For much of the Midwest, they only have 5x5 of PCS spectrum to work with, & won't touch that immediately. Since VoLTE isn't widely available, they won't touch their 850 spectrum (not even in markets where they have both 850 licenses), until VoLTE is available on all of their LTE network, & works with non-Verizon users too. I should mention that for portions of Wisconsin outside of their 850 network, they will not touch their PCS spectrum there (Milwaukee, Madison, Sheboygan, & Green Bay areas), since voice & 3G data is only in the PCS band (AT&T & USCC hold the 850 licenses in those areas, except for Green Bay, where Cellcom h...

Jul 27, 2015, 2:25 PM
Well as a side note VoLTE "works" when calling non-Verizon users as well as i use it all the time and out west here I literally only know ~3 people on Verizon because the network kind of sucks in Phoenix (i keep because I have unlimited data/tethering)

But they need to get on using the second 850MHz block they own for LTE, as most of the phones they sell support it now, and just start winding down EvDO channels until they are the bare minimum and be sure to stop selling 3G only phones (they still have some on pre-paid.

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