Verizon to work out LTE traffic jams by the end of the year says its CFO

Verizon to work out LTE traffic jams by the end of the year says its CFO
Verizon is the largest mobile carrier in the U.S. and while that is good news for the company's bean counters, it might not be such good news for Big Red's technical team. Traffic jams are taking place as LTE pipelines are being overwhelmed by data traffic. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo says that these issues, which are "stressing out" the operator's infrastrucure, will be a thing of the past by the end of the year. Shammo says that Verizon was surprised by the amount of video that its customers are viewing each day, but the executive says that each week, the issues will get smaller and smaller until they disappear.

Last month, Verizon started making LTE service available for its AWS spectrum, allowing the carrier to add capacity in important markets. By employing LTE with its AWS spectrum, Verizon can used wider 20 x 20 MHz channels. This allows more data traffic to be carried. Verizon's CFO also recited back some interesting stats. Showing how LTE users are responsible for much of Big Red's data traffic, Shammo noted that at the end of the third quarter, the 38% of Verizon customers using LTE were responsible for 64% of the data carried through the operator's pipelines.

Verizon intends to show off some of its new technology at the Super Bowl, Voice over LTE and LTE Broadcast. Phones with chipsets that support the latter will be available later this quarter. Verizon plans on broadcasting this year's Super Bowl contest (anyone want to guess what the match up will be?) over its LTE pipeline.

Finally, getting back to the financial stuff, 42% of Verizon's postpaid accounts are on a "Share Everything" plan. He also pointed out that while 40% to 50% of tablet sales were for a postpaid account last year, these days nearly all tablet sales are for a postpaid account.

source: FierceWireless



1. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Hmmm... This is around the time my contract with VZW is up. I'm hoping that my data speeds increase from the abysmal 4mbps down & up that I get constantly everywhere I go compared to my friends on T-Mo & even Sprint getting 20-30+. If it stays the same, I may be jumping ship over to T-Mo to take advantage of surprisingly fast LTE, lower pricing plans and no bloatware.

3. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That's the thing that jerks like Shamtard don't understand. If your services keep sucking, and your rates are far and away the highest in the industry, people will leave. I'm only still with them because of my unlimited data.

7. Numz

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

I just switched over to T-Mobile. I still have my contract with Verizon only because my contract isn't up until the 15th of next month (With only 1 month left my cancellation fee is still $120). And I have been presently surprised by my data speeds, they have been consistently faster on T-Mobile then they were on Verizon, even when connected to HSPA+. So far I haven't missed Verizon, that might change when I travel and go on vacation where T-Mo's converge is spotty but I've been happy so far.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

VZW LTE speeds have dropped in certain areas. For example, Palo Alto, CA at 4 pm can see .8 Mb/s (sometimes even slower) where a year ago, it was in the 10 Mb/s territory. Hopefully, things speed up again by year end.

13. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yep. In the Twin Cities in Minnesota, I used to get 40-50 mb/s and now in the afternoon, don't get over 4. My T-Mo friends on HSPA+42 usually get around 20. This same kinda traffic jam thing happened to ATT before they rolled out their LTE where their HSPA+ started slowing down to 1-2. Thats one of the big downfalls of having just LTE and no HSPA+ is that you have no fallback network like ATT and T-Mo have.

14. superguy

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I used to get pretty good speeds here in the Baltimore/DC area. It's gone down the tubes, with dropping to 3G a lot now. It's gotten to the point that my wife and I are talking about switching to AT&T.

4. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The more people using the network, the slower speeds will be. I can see what this article is stating, and it does make sense that opening up the pipeline with AWS will get the speed up there. And how could the be surprised by the amount of video being used? That's most of what they advertise for...

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Probably because of the BS 2gb caps.

6. Paintedblue83

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

I get 52mbps dl and 9.7mbps ul here in Waco, TX.

11. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Can you graciously lend me some of that please? Here in San Diego, CA, speeds have dropped so far from what they were when I came to Verizon a few years ago. It's still better than the service that I had with Sprint but hell, even my buddy with the One on Sprint is getting consistent 20 mbps down 12 up, though it's REALLY spotty.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I get 14mb down and about 2 up here in Pasadena, I got rid of my home internet and got a unlimited everything plan with TMo but have a sucky cheap phone for Tmo as I wait for the Z1 (what's taking so long!?!)

9. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i hope verizon fixes slow speeds over here in dwtwn LA verizon lte got so bad i had to cancel em 1-2 mbps dwn less than 1 up with full bars lte standing outside is ridiculous And half the time i got webpage unavailable with full bars lte . When verizon first took out lte i was gettin 40 mbps dwn 15 up,i hope they get their shyyt together because were i work they told me they can give me a discount if i get att or verizon i chose att ,,,att works much better in LA ATT always gets up to 20 mbps something verizon never got anymore but i want verizon again ..but if verizon fixes there network then i wud gladly switch to em again..

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Shammo as the face of Verizon is so fitting. They're so tight, they can't even give you a free rape whistle with your upgrade. I don't miss getting tagged monthly anymore.

12. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

tampa bay buccaneers vs. jacksonville jaguars I just know they are both gonna make a comeback.

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