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Verizon threatens LTE apocalypse if FCC doesn't allow it more spectrum purchase

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Verizon threatens LTE apocalypse if FCC doesn't allow it more spectrum purchase
Verizon claims in an FCC filing that its 4G LTE network will be maxed out at places as soon as next year, with a total lack of wiggle room by 2015, if the Feds don't release more spectrum to it.

Usually we take the doomsday scenarios in such filings with a grain of salt, as that's how corporations bargain with the government for something to go their way, but this one probably deserves a second look.

Verizon is trying to purchase some AWS spectrum for further LTE expansion, which T-Mobile is, of course, strictly against. The carrier claims that it might ease some of the upcoming strain on its LTE service by deploying femtocells and retrofitting existing CDMA 1x spectrum, but that's not going to do enough.

Even if Verizon is just crying wolf to get its way before the FCC, the question is what strains is it expecting considering that only 5% of its customers are currently using the expensive LTE data plans. Apparently the carrier banks on a significantly larger adoption rate by next year. Given that the iPad 3 today as well as the next iPhone might be announced with 4G versions for Verizon, not to mention the numerous Android devices with LTE radios already on its network, Verizon might be in for a spectrum fight.

source: TheVerge

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:36

1. tuminatr (Posts: 670; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


lol takeing that idea directley from the Obama adminastration, it we be a disaster if we dont do

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:03

2. kg4icg (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 May 2008)


That and throwing some AT&T rhetoric at the same time.

posted on 08 Mar 2012, 09:16

3. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


Verizon's trying to keep their unlimited 4G data unlimited. There's nothing wrong with that.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 22:20

4. kg4icg (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 May 2008)


Verizons 4G isn't unlimited, where did you pull that out of?

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 23:34

5. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


kg4icg - I was talking about people who have grandfathered unlimited data plan. Yes Verizon does have a lot of people who still have unlimited data plans.

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