Verizon Wireless was the first to launch LTE and yesterday they announced their XLTE upgrade to their network using the AWS spectrum. This network expansion doubles the 4G LTE bandwidth and provides faster peak speeds in cities coast to coast.
One of the launch cities is Seattle so I plan to test out the network and see if I notice the speed and capacity improvements. I already see excellent coverage and speeds in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I saw a commercial in my hotel room last night that is also now available on YouTube.
Verizon listed the following important points regarding XLTE:
- XLTE is available in more than half of their 4G LTE markets nationwide, including Seattle-Tacoma, Olympia, Longview, and Spokane.
- XLTE delivers faster peak speeds and greater capacity in markets where 4G LTE service is being delivered.
- XLTE Ready 4G LTE devices take advantage of both Verizon original, nationwide spectrum as well as the new AWS spectrum that has been activated in high-traffic areas.
- XLTE creates more "headroom" on the network for all. Customers with non-XLTE devices still get the super-fast speeds and coverage of 4G LTE, and also benefit from the added capacity that XLTE brings to high traffic areas.
Nearly all of the new devices are XLTE-ready, including the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. I still have a Nokia Lumia Icon test unit and am going to see if it supports this network technology in the Seattle area.