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Verizon to Utilize AWS Spectrum This Year, Ship Supported Devices First Half


According to Verizon CTO Nicola Palmer, the company will finally start to utilize the AWS LTE spectrum they own before the end of the year. They currently only have 700MHz spectrum (band 13) in play, but as they continue to build that out, with hopes of covering 90% of the country by the end of the year, they’ll start their growth strategy which includes AWS (band 4). 

Once they hit their mid-year goals for 700MHz, they’ll take to 5,000 sites and equip them with AWS antennas. The AWS spectrum will allow them to handle an ever-growing capacity demand for 4G LTE.

From a device standpoint, Palmer mentioned that they have already advised partners on strategy and are expecting devices to ship with AWS support in the first half of the year. As she points out, you can’t have a network if you don’t have devices that can connect to it.

With Verizon creating a multi-band LTE network, I can’t help but think this will be a blessing for those of us who love unlocked phones. While new phones will need to be multi-band in order to support both of Verizon’s bands, this also should mean that chipset makers are going to really focus in on making global multi-band LTE chips that cover all sorts of frequencies. In fact, Qualcomm is already working on one.

Palmer wrapped up by pointing out that their goal remains to have VoLTE service up by late 2013 or early 2014. After that, it’s on to LTE Advanced and the mega-speeds and LTE improvements it contains.

Fun times ahead in the advanced mobile data network game, indeed.

Via: Fierce WirelessThe Verge

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    Here’s hoping the S4 will support AWS on Verizon. We’ll find out tomorrow.

  • Verizon could offer free daily foot rubs and I still wouldn’t pay their ridiculous prices ever again. Prepaid GSM going on a year now and couldn’t be happier.

  • bogy25

    Agggh PEN TILE

  • jak_341

    Somewhere, a TV content provider weeps because the last hopes of an analog TV comeback are dashed.

  • tyguy829

    I have a gnex now and I’m really eyeing the X phone. Trying to decide whether to get that or hold onto my gnex for a bit longer and wait for VoLTE devices…(assuming the x won’t have volte, but i could be wrong)

    • tomn1ce

      I’m on the same boat, but I’m going to wait until VoLTE devices are released and take it from there….After 1+ year my G-Nexus works fine so I’m not in a rush to change device especially since I’m planning on buying the device at full price to keep my unlimited data.

  • Is this Verizons way of trolling people on tiered data plans?

    • michael arazan

      It sounds more like Verizon is going to sell sharing rights to the other carriers to use their towers which will cause slower speeds for the rest of us. I get 12 mb down and 5 up almost everywhere in St.Louis and in chicago it is spotty at best just to get a 4G connection. How is full lte phones going to work along highways outside of cites if they are 3g? From St.L to Chicago it’s all 3G.

  • duke69111

    Out of curiosity, whats the range in miles of a network tower, assuming flat terrain no buildings or hills blocking the signal and whats a simple average overall assuming simple blockage from buildings and hills? Anyone know?

    • Tim242

      GSM is about 3-4 miles, CDMA 4-8 miles. Of course, it also depends on how tall the tower is

    • Brandon Golway

      I looked it up once and LTE is a max of thirty miles.

  • kevg73

    Doesn’t the tegra 4i support multi band lte? Could be the chip for first lte only devices

  • The Nexus 4 uses LTE (Band 4)…I know Google killed the functionality with an update, but still

  • The days of a truly universal phone is coming closer and closer… just need VoLTE and multi-band chips and we’re set!



    • Doug Wing

      Well of course they will. There is still a limited amount of wireless spectrum available, whereas this is not the case with WiFi networks.

      It’s not just Verizon who prefers people use WiFi when available, but all the carriers.

    • Go Hawkeyes

      And why not use it? WiFi, except crappy public hotspots, is generally faster. I use WiFi as much as possible. Especially at home.

      • Jeff

        I don’t because I’m too lazy to switch on WiFi or setup any kind of automation tool.

  • Morlok8k

    1700mhz & 2100mhz! maybe i’ll finally get 4g lte coverage in the steel building where i work!

    • Geoff Johnson

      Hate to break it to you, but the higher the frequency the worse the building penetration. The only help would be if Verizon installs a site closer to you.

      • bleeew

        But it handles more people efficiently.

      • Morlok8k

        I get full bars of 3g inside that steel building, because i’m very close to a tower.
        CDMA is at 850 MHz & 1900 MHz…

        • Geoff Johnson

          And LTE is 700MHz… It could very well be that the tower currently serving 3G doesn’t have LTE at the moment, as not every cell site in the LTE coverage area provides LTE.

    • Diablo81588

      You have it backwards.

      • Morlok8k

        how so?

        • Geoff Johnson

          Read my comment.

        • Diablo81588

          Lower frequency penetrates walls more efficiently than high frequency. Keep in mind Verizon hasn’t upgraded all cell sites with LTE, just enough to cover the area. You’ll probably get a stronger 3g signal because of that reason. When all sites are upgraded to LTE, indoor coverage will be greatly improved.

  • the fact that Verizon, Att, and T-Mobile all will be using AWS for LTE is going to mean so much potential. This is Exciting to me. : )

    • Tim242

      It will still be different bands. Verizon and At&t already use 700mhz, but not compatible due to different bands.

      • oh ok, like different blocks of the same band? I think you’re right. I’d like interoperability tho between all three.

  • I’m not very knowledgeable about these things, but could this be a way for Verizon to skirt some of the openness FCC rules on their current LTE bands? On the podcast I think it was, you guys seemed excited over all LTE phones coming in the next few years, meaning other carriers devices could be used because of CDMA being dropped.

    • Geoff Johnson

      I remember hearing that as well, I’m curious to know!

    • Tim242

      It will still be different bands. Verizon and at&t both use 700 MHz, but on different bands.

      • chris125

        yes we know it’s different bands but chips will support all bands I mean qualcomm already has a chip like that they are working on..

        • Tim242

          But, Verizon likes to control what’s on their network. That isn’t going to magically change. The Xperia ZL is being sold in the US with at&t, and T-Mobile LTE bands. Curiously missing is Verizon’s band.

          • chris125

            Well once CDMA is gone and it’s all volte that will likely change

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