Half of Data Traffic on Verizon’s Network Going Over LTE

verizon iphoneIn an interview with FierceWireless, Verizon VP of network engineering revealed at nearly half of the data traffic on the carrier’s network is now going over LTE. For reference, in October only a third of Verizon’s data traffic was over LTE.

From FierceWireless:

Verizon Wireless said that almost 50 percent of its data load now travels over its LTE network. The figure is up significantly from October, when Verizon said that 35 percent of its data traffic moved over its LTE network. Further, the carrier said it expects overall data traffic to grow by a factor of seven during the next three years.

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Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam this week announced that 23 percent of Verizon’s customer base used LTE phones at the end of the fourth quarter, up from 16 percent at the end of the third quarter.

The increase, as you might have guessed, is likely due to the influx of iPhone 5s on Verizon’s network. Although we won’t have specific numbers till the carrier’s earnings call on January 24th, Verizon noted in its preliminary Q4 results report that its 9.8 million smartphone activations were largely driven by the iPhone.

Photo from Flickr by Robert Scoble.

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