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.