Telecommunications giant Verizon is boosting its LTE speed in New York City and across the country. The company announced that 461 cities will get faster speeds for wireless data. In addition to covering more cities, Verizon’s LTE Advanced speed and coverage will also cover under served places including highways, interstates, country roads and rural areas. Customers will get about 50 percent faster speeds at no charge under the new deal.
“Our customers just received a major network enhancement for no additional cost,” Tami Erwin, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit said in a statement. “Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use. That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced.”
The company’s LTE Advanced system uses software to combine two or three bandwidth channels into one larger channel to send data sessions over the most efficient route to completion. This technology is called carrier aggregation and uses a combination of 700 MHz, AWS, and PCS spectrum. LTE Advanced currently uses a combination of two-and three-carrier aggregation. Customers will continue to enjoy typical download speeds of 5 – 12 Mbps, but two-channel carrier aggregation has shown peak download speeds of up to 225 Mbps.
Verizon has been boosting its services and business in New York City and around the country. The company recently closed a $4.8 billion deal to acquire internet giant Yahoo’s core business. Verizon also landed a $300 million deal with the city of Boston to rebuild infrastructure.