Yesterday Verizon announced that they have enabled LTE Advanced (LTE A) in over 450 cities throughout the U.S. This new technology allows certain phones to receive more data at once, this results in much faster speeds than your typical LTE.
Verizon claims that the typical LTE speeds range from 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps, while the LTE A speeds may reach up to 300 Mbps. However, you probably will not receive that type of speed because Verizon is only promising speeds up to 50 percent faster.
Verizon has been testing the LTE A for a while now and they have been slowly rolling it out over the past year. However, Verizon just decided to inform the general public about this maybe it’s an attempt to gain more loyal customers, who knows?
A Verizon spokesperson stated that the announcement came because they finally have something to show for the rollout. Verizon says that the LTE A is now live in a total of 461 cities which include Portland, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and more.
You can view the full list of cities here if you have Verizon and you live in one of those cities you will need a phone that supports LTE A to get the benefits of this new technology. If your phone is relatively new there’s a good chance that it will support LTE A.
It’s great to witness the implementation of new technology but Verizon isn’t the only company that’s doing this. The other major service providers are also doing the same thing Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile are implementing their own LTE A. This is great for the consumer because it gives us more choices.