11:00 PM – Verizon may have been the first the launch nations LTE network, but it also came at a cost. In the beginning, speeds were sky high, showing no signs on stopping, however, over time more customers started to opt for LTE-supported smartphones. What did this mean for Verizon? Slower LTE speeds due to more load on its network from more users.
Well, it seems Big Red may have finally heard all of the complaining and is now effectively doing something about it. Verizon quietly flipped the switch on massive LTE network enhancements across the country. Recently, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo admitted that the company’s performance has taken a hit, but that’s all about to change now.
In a statement given to GigaOm, the company has double its network capacity size in many major markets such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Network improvements show in the 150 percent range, which is quite impressive.
How is Verizon improving its network exactly? The company has double its network size by tapping into its AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum. Previously, the company was operating on capacity of 20 MHz, but now due to this, it will now running on 40 MHz.
Verizon claims that 5,000 cell cites will be updated to support AWS by the end of the year. Additionally, another 5,000 are in process of coming online thereafter. The company will continuously update its network through out next year and continue to work hard to expand its network for more customers.
Theoretically, you should see speeds of up to 80 mbps and higher number of connections in any given area. Verizon’s network has suffered a lot lately, so any improvement seen in the network is welcomed most definitely. If you don’t see improvements right away, don’t worry, Verizon will cover it up soon.