Verizon triples 4G LTE capacity in big cities

Verizon triples 4G capacity in big cities

Of the four major wireless companies in the US, Verizon has the broadest coverage for 4G LTE - check out their coverage map if you need proof. Now the company is dramatically increasing capacity in key urban markets, according to a report in GigaOM.

Verizon's already flipped the switch in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., according to the report, effectively tripling LTE bandwidth. The net result is that Verizon customers are seeing peak speeds as high as 80 megabits per second (Mbps), and the network is able to support more connections at faster speeds too.

The expansion comes at a crucial time - AT&T has improved its own 4G LTE network in leaps and bounds in 2013, usurping Verizon as the fastest wireless service in the U.S. And as the majority of Verizon's customers have migrated to its 4G network, the company has seen congestion in major markets.

Verizon isn't promoting the faster speeds, and perhaps that's for the best. Wireless carriers have been playing a constant game of catch up as their customers buy more sophisticated smartphones capable of doing more online, starting with AT&T and the iPhone. Everyone - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile - is investing huge sums in network buildout and infrastructure improvement.

When asked by GigaOM, a Verizon spokesperson suggested that her company's long term goal is to simply maintain the slower 5 to 12 Mbps baseline it advertises, but if customers find faster speeds, then great. To that end, "underpromise and overdeliver" seems like a pretty sound business model.

Source: GigaOM

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kch50428 says:

"underpromise and overdeliver" -- its good until people catch on to the 'scam'. :)

djstarion says:

Usually my speed test on LTE I would pull 22 down/10 up. Just did a speed test now and I just pulled 47 down/34 up

moxon64 says:

There is a major speed difference with Verizon in NYC. This morning i noticed a little peppier step in my wireless data did a speed and notice a significant increase around the 47/34 like djstarion.

ralphtweety says:

Good for big cities, not much use to me, but good for big cities ...

ralphtweety says:

To be fair, even in the backwoods of southern Illinois I do get screaming fast LTE speeds - 20+ down 10+ up. I just get tired of waiting five years for technology to catch up out here in the boonies.

mangoldm says:

I'm in DC/Chinatown and my 5s speed test is 1.4 down 1.6 up with a 30-second ping. I'm still amazed at T1 speeds so I'm not exactly complaining. :)

Ilene Morales says:

Maybe one day Verizon will make its way to my small town, Los Angeles.

BeyondtheTech says:

I'm in midtown NYC, and Verizon data speeds have been pathetic, nearly impossible to use for the last several months. Even my company-issued Sprint iPhone can cruise at 3G faster than Verizon can on LTE.

Here's the proof:

WPSteve says:

I'm in the same boat. Midtown Manhattan sucks for web surfing.

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trmoney24 says:

finally, i see some changes in LA, but they really need to improve coverage here. Has anyone flown to LAX recently? Coverage is absolutely horrible.

asuperstarr says:

That's good need for those verizon users in those market!

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Les74 says:

When will they "flip the switch" in Philadelphia because service is pretty bad in comparison to AT&T here.

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ChuckJ says:

I've had some low signal issues recently... Generally when paired in my Jeep... Wonder if it's antennae or is it my Spiegen Hybrid case?

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