Verizon Wireless set to gain larger network and improve reliability

Verizon Wireless set to gain larger network and improve reliability
Verizon is working to expand its LTE network to the CBRS band. CBRS stands for Citizens Broadband Radio Service and covers about 500 MHz of spectrum (only 150 MHz is currently available to carriers). Much of this band was formerly used by government entities, satellites and the like. It has since been freed up for commercial use and Verizon has jumped on the opportunity to expand their network. However, Verizon is not alone in this endeavor. It is collaborating with several industry partners to complete end to end testing. This means the company is testing not just on their end but how CBRS will work on the receiving end as well. Some of the partners working on this project include Qualcomm, Corning, Ericsson and Nokia. IF all goes according to plan, Verizon hopes to have CBRS enabled devices out by the end of 2018. 

What are the benefits of this expansion?


Well, for one it will create some breathing room for all of the devices currently being served by the LTE network. Spectrum is essentially the amount of LTE available to a carrier. The more spectrum a carrier has, the more it takes to slow down their network. If you have ever tried to send a text message on New Years Eve at midnight, you may have experienced this. Carriers are always looking for ways to expand their network as the mobile industry continues to grow. It is important to note that this expansion will not just benefit mobile users, but enterprise as well. CBRS will allow for enterprise to create private LTE networks for their own use. This will increase oversight and security for companies that need it. The added space will also play a big part in the future. Companies must continue to expand their spectrum if they want a smooth, fast and reliable LTE network. 

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18 Comments

1. blkatfirstsight

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 05, 2018

This article translates to Verizon being higher and more expensive.

13. kompilersan

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 06, 2018

There isn't room in the market for higher pricing, they are only slightly more expensive than T-mobile and that is where they'll stay.

2. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I feel my T-Mobile network speed could get very slow lately, which is rare when I was with Verizon.

3. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

All the carriers are so similarly priced nowadays, I don't think they will stray too far from the pricing of their competition.

9. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I believe both T-Mobile and Sprint are much cheaper than the other two bigger carriers.

10. kompilersan

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 06, 2018

They aren't, T-Mobile with unlimited data is about $20 a month less than Verizon for 4 lines. The price difference is so small there's no compelling reason to go with T-Mobile over Verizon from a cost perspective. If you happen to be a business person that would benefit from the free in flight wifi that may justify T-Mobile.

12. kompilersan

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 06, 2018

Precisely right, Verizon has already had to cut prices and re-introduce unlimited plans to compete with T-Mobile. They are VERY marginally more expensive than T-mobile but you still get a significantly better network.

14. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I wish Verizon would get rid of the line access fees. Removing that fee would make Verizon more competitively-priced with T-Mobile or make the unlimited plan $60 or $70 then add the $20 line access fees.

5. applesnapple93

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

CBRS is 3.5GHz not 500MHz

17. cogito

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

It’s a 500Mhz wide slice of spectrum in the 3.5Ghz band.

6. speedingcheetah

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

But....VZW already are the "Largest and most Reliable" according to their own commercials.

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Correct, but becoming larger is what is being refered to.

11. kompilersan

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 06, 2018

And according to every high quality study done on cellular performance and reliability. Verizon has legitimate bragging rights.

16. cogito

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 18, 2015

this probably won’t make that much difference as the frequency we’re talking about here is very high (read: poor building penetration and short cell-reach).

18. The2ndflood

Posts: 7; Member since: May 15, 2018

You get what you pay for. In my opinion, Verizon is well worth the money. Especially here in Middle Tennessee. If Verizon can do this, then we will be better off. The lower the frequency, the farther the signals travel.

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