Verizon executive Haberman reveals expected improvements to Verizon's LTE network in 2015

Verizon executive Haberman reveals expected improvements to Verizon's LTE network in 2015
Earlier Thursday, we told you that Verizon had apparently started refarming the 1900MHz spectrum it uses in the Big Apple, from 3G EV-DO to 4G LTE. Now, we have some comments from a Verizon executive about carrier aggregation planned for next year. Mike Haberman, Verizon's vice president of network support, says that Big Red is currently testing the aggregation process to make sure that it works.

Carrier aggregation, one of the techniques used in the LTE Advanced standard, allows carriers like Verizon to build wider spectrum channels by joining together two different bands. This will allow Verizon to offer faster data speeds and more capacity.  For example, combining two 10 x 10MHz blocks results in a 20 x 20MHz block. However, Verizon already has AWS spectrum across the nation that carries 20 x 20MHz blocks. What Verizon has in mind is to combine 10 x 10MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum, and combine it with 20 x 20MHz blocks from its AWS spectrum to produce 30 x 30MHz  channels. Devices that do not support this technology will have to receive a software update.

Haberman, who was making his talk at a roundtable discussion inside a Verizon device testing lab, added that the nation's largest carrier will be adding more capacity enhancing features to its LTE network next year, such as enhanced inter-cell interference. This technology allows small cells and macrocells to work together in harmony, living in the same spectrum. Verizon will also double its MIMO, which currently stands at the standard of 2x2. This means that the network currently supports two transmitters and two receivers. Offering devices that support a MIMO of 4x4 will allow for phones with faster uplink speeds, and should improve coverage overall.

Lastly, the Verizon executive confirmed that besides New York, Cleveland is also going through the refarming of its 1900MHz band to replace 3G EV-DO signals with more 4G LTE. Eight other markets are having the same exact refarming done now to the PCS band. He also noted that there are seven devices offered by Verizon that support the carrier's VoLTE service. Those devices include the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, although neither support VoLTE video because of FaceTime. Other handsets that support VoLTE include the Samsung Galaxy S5, LG G3, LG G2, Motorola DROID MAXX and the Motorola DROID Mini.

Eventually, VoLTE will become Veizon's default voice offering, according to Haberman. However, the executive could not give a time when that will happen. He did say that the carrier will continue to support EV-DO technology on its CDMA network until December 31st, 2019.

source: FierceWireless

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31 Comments

1. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

who gives a sh*t? I stopped caring after they began alienating unlimited customers. What point is 30, 50, 100 or even 150Mbps if you only have 2-4GB? You'll only go through it that much faster.. and now instead of casually going 1GB over your allotment, you'll fly through 3. Of course.. good for Verizon and bad for the customer.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What they are saying to you is stop being cheap and buy more data, while go on Verizon Edge. Believe it or not it is worth it since my wife gets an 18% discount. $168+taxes isn't bad for $0 out of pocket, $200 phone trade credit from her (iPhone 5) - essentially first month free, and a $150 port in credit for my phone (4th month free). All this with 10GB's of data. That is cheaper than most phone plans from TMO and Sprint with way better coverage.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I would gladly pay more to have more throughput. There are times (like from Noon to around 6 or 7 pm) where the VZW network speed on the mid-SF peninsula is dog-ass slow. Success has its downside....

18. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

$120+ tax for that same plan from T-Mobile. I actually have a discount in place with them for 12% so it's actually $105.6+tax (2 lines with 5GB each). Do tell me again, how it's cheaper than T-Mo or Sprint. Granted, their coverage is better because of their low freq spectrum (700mhz), but that's all it is. Within the next 6-12 months, that sole advantage will disappear as T-Mobile acquires more low freq spectrum (it recently acquired 700mhz in several areas of the US and is setting those up while aggressively pursing more spectrum in other areas). You call it being cheap, I call it being financially wise.

20. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I call it his preference and your preference, but thank you for demonstrating that you are financially stable. I would have had trouble sleeping tonight if I didn't have that assurance.

25. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm glad to have put your mind at ease. I was getting worried my preference and finances were keeping some awake at night!

2. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I agree %100

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

The S5 supports VoLTE on Verizon, but the Note 4 doesn't? I hope that's a mistake because even the Note 3 on T-Mobile supports VoLTE.

7. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

Pretty much any LTE phone supports VoLTE, but Verizon has to enable them. They were doing their original testing for the sysytem on an LG Revolution, so there's no reason anything selling today can't be enabled.

19. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hear ya. If that's the case, I wonder what they're waiting for.

4. Motionless

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Now if only Verizon would bring back unlimited data....Cause i'd gladly pay for it.

5. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Agreed. Unlimited @ $30 was fair in my opinion.

6. Motionless

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Hell i'd pay 50+ for unlimited data on Verzion.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Comcast is faster for the money.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

TMO charges $80...

21. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

T-Mo charges $80 for the first line, $60 for second line, $40 for lines 3-10 (each). Believe it or not, this is cheaper than Verizon's old pricing, especially for single lines. Let alone T-Mobile's previous pricing of $70, $50, and $30 was a steal. My family's old plan with Verizon of 5 lines with 700 minutes and unlimited texting and data, was $240+tax, before discounts. -$80 for 700 minute plan -$10 for unlimited texting -$30/line for unlimited data After 20% discount, it's $192+tax. On T-Mobile, it's $210 for unlimited talk, text and LTE data before tax. -$70/month line 1 -$50/month line 2 -$30/month line 3-5 After 12% discount it's $184.8+tax. So now I'm saving $7.20/month compared to Verizon's old pricing, but with much more for my buck: -Unlimited calls instead of 700 minutes -Unlimited text -Unlimited data -Unlimited text and data in international roaming -Free texting from US to other countries -No overages.. speeds get slowed down to 2G-3G (which T-Mobiles 3G is sometimes on par with Verizons LTE.. such as in my area where Verizon LTE is 12Mbps and T-Mobile 3G is 11Mbps) **Keep in mind, Verizon's old plan no longer exists, and T-Mobile's pricing has gone up $10/line**

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why? Unlimited data is over rated. Ask yourself what is your monthly data usage. Let me guess...you have no home internet and what the ability to tether or use mobile hotspot from your devices at home? Just buy Comcast Internet for $50/month for 50Mb or get an upgrade for free with Comcast Extreme for 105Mb and lower your phone data plan. That simple. Why waste money for unlimited data?

22. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The ability to take a connection wherever one goes, is what one pays for. And the ability to have unlimited of it is a huge plus. I have TWC 50Mbps connection at home, and sometimes it goes out or slows down for a day or two.. and that's when having a secondary connection is more than welcome. That secondary connection is garbage and a pure waste of money, if it doesn't come with unlimited data. After all.. why not just have Wi-Fi hotspots all over the country and avoid paying $250+ to share 10GB amongst 5 people. Paying $250/month for internet for a household for only 10GB is laughable.

23. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

And by that same standard, why even have cell phones? Just pay for house phone service and be happy with it. Cut down on your cell bill and usage!!

8. rooster1651

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I still have it from the GS3 days and its LTE, I will never give it up unless they make me.

9. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Sadly I gave mine up when there was the announcement a few months ago that they were going to migrate by force, if need be, those on unlimited plans. They have pulled back that statement afterwards due to "consumer interests" but too late for me and probably many like me.

14. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Get off of my network, data hog. Go to Sprint and bog down their cells. I'm doing just fine with my 15+3 free GB. 18% off and half off of my smartphone line access. I even got a free LG G3 and lg gpad 8.3 on monday.

24. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Having an unlimited plan means I'm a data hog? Is there a term I can use to label your prejudice? Racism doesn't fit the bill nor does sexist.

27. g2a5b0e unregistered

His comment didn't make any sense. I would just ignore.

15. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Seven

16. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Twelve

26. rooster1651

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I have unlimited but I rarely go over 3 gigs so not really a data hog, and if I was to bad for you.

28. jackskellington6

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Do any current devices other than the iPhone 5s/6 and Nexus 6 support LTE 1900 on Verizon?

29. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I have unlimited data with VZW, I use about 9GB a month. I'm happy :) That's streaming about 80 mins of HD video a day on youtube.

30. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

All this news sounds real great but Verizon Windows smartphones are 3 updates behind and another Windows smart phones update for windows 8.1 is coming. your testing people are not too good. if they have a smart phone 4 major updates behind. I hear your Android customers are also pissed off too speak up do you need more personnel? HIRE THEM

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