Verizon Rolls Out LTE-A Across 461 Cities, Promises 50% Faster Peak Speeds

by | Aug 30, 2016 | Technology

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Verizon today announced the launch of LTE-A, or LTE-Advanced, across 461 cities across the US. The new wireless technology combines multiple channels to increase performance, featuring up to 50% faster peak speeds compared to 4G LTE.

The way Verizon’s LTE-A works is it utilizes software to aggregate the total bandwidth between two to three channels in the 700MHz, AWS, and PCS spectrum to create wider channels capable of handling additional bandwidth. LTE-A’s two and three carrier aggregation technology has been shown to produce peak throughput up to 225Mbps and 300Mbps respectively. Verizon however qualifies this statement by saying typical download speeds will still be somewhere in the range of 5-12Mbps.

LTE-A is a free, but in order to take advantage of LTE-A, you must be in a LTE-A enabled area with a LTE-A compatible device. Here are some devices that support LTE-A right now. Additional devices may be included as firmware updates roll out.

  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6s
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • Apple iPhone 5 SE
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7
  • Apple iPad Air 2
  • Apple iPad Mini 4
  • Asus Zenpad Z8
  • Blackberry PRIV
  • HTC 10
  • HTC Desire 626
  • HTC One M9
  • LG V10
  • LG G4
  • LG G5
  • Motorola Nexus 6
  • Moto X
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Motorola Droid Turbo 2
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • Netgear MHS AC791L
  • Novatel MiFi i6620L
  • Novatel MiFi USB620L
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Samsung Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy View
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Sony Xperia Z3v
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

For more information about LTE-A, a list of cities supported, and all the phones supported, be sure to check out Verizon’s website here.

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