Verizon triples LTE network capacity in some major cities
0. phoneArena 06 Dec 2013, 09:53 posted on
Verizon recently admitted that its LTE network in major cities was under quite a bit of strain because of the number of users it had. It was quite an impressive humblebrag, we have to say, but it also set the stage for the upgrade that is happening right now. Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer Nicola Palmer talked to GigaOM about the massive upgrades to LTE network capacity happening in cities around the U.S....
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10211; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Verizon vs. T-Mobile in the 40MHz battle. Chicago is up there so I'll do a speedtest when I have the chance.
11. Magenta (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I live in San Jose. The Bay Area is very good. I switched from Sprint just last month.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
VZW needs to give some network capacity attention to the SF peninsula. At peak times, I have seen the speed drop to 150 Kb/s.... :-(
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10211; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Well that's not good. Here's what I got with T-Mo being inside my house.
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The only place that I see those kind of numbers with VZW is off the beaten path. The best that I saw was 56 Mb/s down and 18 Mb/s up at of all places, the Monterey, CA airport. Latency was around 40 m/sec.
VZW needs to add capacity to its LTE network. They have managed to monetize their original first-mover investment in LTE. Now they have to grow the LTE network to keep it relevant.
They should have put their $ into the LTE network instead of buying out Vodafone.
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4238; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The best I've seen was 46 Mb/s down and 7 Mb/s up with 125 ms ping in Live Oak, FL. I mean, come on, Live Oak? Other carriers barely even reach over here, why is it a Verizon hot spot? The best I've ever seen in Gainesville, an actual city, was I think about 22 Mb/s down and 5 Mb/s up (I'm too lazy to search through my results). I mean, I'm glad I can get those speeds when I'm in town, but Verizon needs to get their priorities straight
4. itzmando (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
San Diego needs improving too.... I get poor 4G reception and even worse data speeds. S
Surfing the web is just horribly slow to load pages and YT vids are just buffering then play then buffer again.
When I pass through L.A. my 4G signal is better but still slow. So now that the LTE capacity is going to increase I hope I can take advantage of it.
12. Penny (Posts: 1616; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I recently went down to San Diego for a weekend, and was surprised to see the relatively poor coverage. My phone would intermittently drop to 3G and pages wouldn't load.
I'm very happy with the coverage surrounding the LA area though.
5. harvardale (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)
Capacity from 1,000 people to 5,000. Woohoo!
9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 802; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
SO.........I'm guessing you did not read the article or even bother to skim it?
6. ChafedBanana (Posts: 365; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I've seen 75+mbps download speeds outside of Chicago recently.
10. majp89 (Posts: 149; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
I hope they do it in Pittsburgh. If you go to a Pirates game or a Steelers game, using the internet is completely hopeless. Nothing ever loads, and your battery will drain itself down in two hours searching for a good connection.
13. JunitoNH (Posts: 1399; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I'm getting downloads of 41.40 mbps in CT, hell can't complain better than my Comcast.
14. Omarc07 (Posts: 352; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
in los angeles its faster than tmobile now before it was the other way around tmobile faster now verizon gets up to 45 mbps as of november just like when they first got lte tmobile LTE with full bars tops out at 30