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Verizon Begins Deploying AWS LTE Network, 80 Mbps Download Speeds to be had

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Earlier this year, Verizon told us that they would begin to deploy their recently acquired AWS LTE spectrum before we hit 2014. That time is now, as Big Red has confirmed to a number of publications that AWS LTE (band 4) is being activated in a number of major markets, New York City being one of them. Most of Verizon’s current 4G LTE network operates in the 700MHz frequency, better known to many as band 13. As you know, their rollout of this band 13 network is largely complete, so up to 5,000 AWS sites will go live to help strengthen the network and ease-up on the capacity demand. 

According to a variety of members over at Howard Forums and a contributor to GigaOm, that deployment in parts of NYC is currently producing wild speedtest results, often topping out at around 80Mbps on the download. Upload speeds are sitting around 15Mbps, so the extra-high download speeds could simply be that few have devices to take advantage and the network hasn’t had a chance to come back down from the clouds. Either way, this shows you an early look at how impressive Verizon’s LTE network could become as they continue to activate AWS sites.

There are whispers of similar results out of Los Angeles and Chicago, but most are seeing these speeds around Bryant park in Manhattan.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to have a device capable of running in band 4 (AWS) in order to see these speeds. We’re pretty sure that the Galaxy S4 is one of them, and would imagine the Galaxy Note 3 would be as well. Verizon said that devices released after the first half of the year could carry this type of connectivity. We’ll see if we can’t put together some sort of a list.

Anyone seeing these impressive speeds?

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Via:  Howard Forums | GigaOM | Phonescoop

Cheers Vic!

  • Patrick Clark

    Does this mean that the Nexus 5 will start working?

  • Nobody needs 80 Mbps down on a cell phone. I have 100+ down at home and I barely hit the max speed (10-12MB) unless I’m downloading 14GB a game from a big vendor.

  • Landon Mitchell Johnson

    If they can support this much data going through at once, they should bring back unlimited data. The whole case to go to tiered data was because they couldn’t support the backhaul. They can now. GO TO CHANGE.ORG AND SIGN THE PETITION. BRING BACK UNLIMITED VERIZON DATA!

  • Scott

    Does anybody have a list of Verizon Band 4 capable devices?

  • Nits

    Damn… you guys are so lucky… here in Washington DC this is what I get on 4G Droid Razr MAXX HD…

  • TokenSSDD

    Man I kind of feel like a jerk for pulling close to 40mbps here in Jax while others are pulling less… Then again, for what this freaking plan costs I’d feel slighted if I was pulling less.

  • Eugene

    interesting, I have a moto x and i recently got my highest speed test yet. I’m in the nw suburbs of Chicago

  • chas2013

    Well, no AWS for my S3,but I’ve gotten speeds like this.

  • chas2013

    Well, no AWS for my S3, but I’ve gotten speeds like this.

  • s0uth

    awesome. im glad i caught that unlimited glitch for another 2 years. lol.

  • TimXer

    You had to release a speedtest related story didn’t you! I just finished ripping my ISP for 400kbs and 600 up speeds…Zoomtown in Cincinnati!!

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    Yeah, let’s double the download speeds so we can charge for the crap bandwidth caps we have now given. POINTLESS

  • jgemberton

    Any coincidence that VZW is rolling out AWS right before the rumored announcement of the Nexus 5 that is said to support their AWS band??? Here’s to hoping.

  • AG

    Today Oct-15-13

    • verizonchicagocustomer

      Is that on the G2?

      • burkett375

        Looks like it….I have one, woohoo that its compatible. Now bring AWS to the rest of us!

      • AG

        Yes. G2
        I’m gonna try my S4 later and see what happen.

    • flosserelli

      My girlfriend would dig that pink pillowy nav bar.

      • AG


  • James Hill

    I get about 15 to 30, depending on the time of day here in Phoenix. I’m not sure if the DNA would support band 4 or not, but even if it doesn’t I’m still good.

  • Service has been chaotic in NYC for the last few days. Lots of LTE dropping in and out. Dead zones, etc. I’m hoping this has something to do with the rollout of the new spectrum. I just did a speed test and i’m still at 10up, 5down. Astoria, Queens. GS4

  • joejoe5709

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but does this pave the way for VoLTE?

  • Paul Hansen

    Kellen, can you just post in the main article that the 2013 VZW Moto Droids and the X are compatible along with the S4? There are so many comments asking about it and I’m sick of answering them all 😛

    • joejoe5709

      LG G2 also and supposedly the Verizon HTC One, but couldn’t find anything with certainty. I’m betting just about any flagship from this year does.

      • Paul Hansen

        I’m fairly certain as well but those I know for sure. Definitely the G2 being so new. The One maybe not.

  • Eric m

    I had good speed here in Los Angeles yesterday I never got that high before

  • Diablo81588

    Looks like the moto x supports aws band 4 as well. Awesome.


    • Paul Hansen

      All of the vzw 2013 moto droids can receive band 4. It will come via a sw update.

  • ddevito

    Does anyone know of the Moto X is compatible?

  • john0214

    So they can limit this band right?

  • C-Law

    So is Moto x capable?

  • Zach K

    Still sitting at 8-14mpbs in West Los Angeles on my S4 (with the newest update)…

  • joejoe5709

    The Nexus 5 went through the FCC with Band 4. I’m not sure if that means anything because Verizon keeps their CDMA so locked down, but it’s a nifty nugget of knowledge either way.

  • Kevin

    im getting a whopping 4mb/s on my 4g

  • Nathaniel Newman

    I know my GS4 supports Band 4. But it looks as if my Commando 4G doesn’t (only Band 13 / 700 Mhz). Even though it was released in 6/2013!

    • Ian

      GS4 and a Casio? What’s that…a phone for special occasions and one for everyday? I wouldn’t expect the Casio to have AWS, they are always a year or so behind on specs.

      • Nathaniel Newman

        Yep I wanted a “tough” water proof/resistant phone. This also has (for some) much coveted FM Radio. The S4 is my regular “high power” phone. Great camera, display, etc. Casio is about a year behind. Like Motorola. Matter of fact the Commando 4G has almost the EXACT same specs as the phone I had before it. The Motorola Razr Maxx HD. Same processor, ram, etc. Casio isn’t the “best” for sure. But honestly the phone isn’t bad. I wouldn’t want it as my everyday phone however. Camera and display are awful!