Verizon has rolled out a much more improved 4G LTE network in select US cities that triples network capacity and improves speeds to as much as 80 Mbps.
In the commercial corridors of major cities like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C.. Verizon has tripled its LTE capacity by tapping new airwaves, while in downtown San Francisco and Los Angeles it’s boosted capacity by 150 percent. The end result is that in cities where it’s completed the upgrade, customers will not only have access to much faster peak speeds – as high as 80 Mbps – than its first LTE network could support but Verizon also will be able to support many more connections at faster speeds.
The improved 4G network is powered by the Advanced Wireless Services spectrum Verizon acquired from cable operations last year for $3.6 billion. The carrier was already testing this network in New York, with many users reporting speeds of up to 80 Mbps.
The improved capacity means Verizon’s 4G LTE network would be able to handle the growth in 4G connections over the coming years without facing any disruptions.
The iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c, as well as a number of other Android devices will be compatible with Verizon’s new LTE band, and hence be able to take advantage of the higher speeds. Gigaom notes that the improved LTE network isn’t compatible with iPads, so if you have a Verizon iPad you likely won’t see any difference.
Despite the improvement, Verizon cautions that you won’t see the 80 Mbps speeds consistently:
[Verizon] has no plans on boosting its advertised network speeds beyond the 5-12 Mbps its been marketing for years. Palmer pointed out that networks are finicky creatures with speeds varying wildly depending on what city you’re located in, how close you are to a tower and how many other connections occupy the same cell.
“You could see 80 Mbps today and 20 Mbps tomorrow and then 10 Mbps the next day,” she said.
If you’re a resident of one of the cities listed above, let us know if you’ve noticed a speed bump on your Verizon iPhone, or any improvement in connectivity.