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Verizon triples LTE network capacity in some major cities

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Verizon triples LTE network capacity in some major cities
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..

According to Palmer, Verizon has beefed up LTE network capacity in major cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. In the downtown areas of L.A. and San Fran, Verizon has increased LTE network capacity by about 150%; but, in the other cities, Verizon has been able to triple capacity. This not only means more users can access the network at a time, but users should also see higher peak transfer rates, maybe even as high as 80Mbps.

Verizon has been able to increase capacity by leveraging the AWS spectrum that it has acquired from various sources, like US Cellular. Verizon's LTE network had been using just 20 MHz of spectrum, but now that is increasing. LA and SF are up to 30 MHz of spectrum, while the other cities are at 40 MHz. Verizon expects that the data load on its network will increase by a factor of six or seven in the next few years, so it will constantly be working to gather new spectrum. 

source: GigaOM

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posted on 06 Dec 2013, 10:11 2

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:21

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 10:31

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.... :-(

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 10:46

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Well that's not good. Here's what I got with T-Mo being inside my house.


posted on 07 Dec 2013, 12:43

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.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 19:17

16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; 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

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 11:41

4. itzmando (Posts: 115; 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 18:46

12. Penny (Posts: 1667; 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 11:41

5. harvardale (Posts: 47; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

Capacity from 1,000 people to 5,000. Woohoo!

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 13:42 1

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 901; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)

SO.........I'm guessing you did not read the article or even bother to skim it?

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 12:33

6. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I've seen 75+mbps download speeds outside of Chicago recently.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 13:29

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Speedtests/pics please.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 12:36

7. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

yay for living in major cities :)

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 14:12

10. majp89 (Posts: 182; 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 20:11 1

13. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I'm getting downloads of 41.40 mbps in CT, hell can't complain better than my Comcast.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 10:40

14. Omarc07 (Posts: 481; 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

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