The Big Red has recently revealed this week that it is in the process of deploying LTE Advanced, which promises to deliver 50 percent higher peak connection speeds to its subscribers. Verizon Wireless is officially making LTE Advanced available to in 461 cities across the United States.
So how exactly does LTE Advanced work? Basically, it takes all the multiple bandwidth channels that any smartphone can use and then morph them into one single large and more powerful channel that the user’s mobile device can have access to (the process is also known as carrier aggregation). Normal connection speeds are expected to be given a boost -- previously, average download speeds are at around the 5 mbps to 12 mbps range, but with LTE Advanced merging more than one channel, it can achieve net peak connection speeds of up to 225 mbps, which is faster than even most home broadband services out there. According to Verizon Wireless, it can combine a trio of channels in order to achieve connection speeds of almost 300 mbps. In combining two or three channels, the wireless industry leader claims it uses 700 MegaHertz, AWS, and PCS spectrum in order to deliver data over a route with the best quality possible.
To take full advantage of Verizon Wireless’ LTE Advanced, however, requires mobile users to own a smartphone model that is relatively new. As revealed by the Big Red, compatible mobile devices include Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 devices, and most likely, iPhone devices from Apple, and Motorola's Moto Droid handsets. Verizon has stated that mobile users who own capable handsets will be able to access aggregation without effort or extra spending. For the full list of compatible devices, you can head to this page. As for the full list of cities where LTE Advanced is made available, you can refer to this page.
Of course, Verizon Wireless is far from being the only major US wireless carrier busy with carrier aggregation related efforts. AT&T first deployed two channel aggregation in select markets about a couple of years ago. Another major US wireless carrier, Sprint, stated earlier this year that it had attained connection speeds of over 300 mbps by way of three carrier aggregation on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Sprint also demoed its carrier aggregation tech recently at the Soldier Field Football Stadium in the city of Chicago in the state of Illinois just this week.
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