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NewsPoster Dec 6, 2013 08:02 AM
Verizon updates 4G LTE network in major cities, delays VoLTE launch
Even though the carrier is undergoing a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299942==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/04/130.million.in.cash.and.stock.shares.to.exchange.h ands/" rel='nofollow'>restructuring of ownership</a>, Verizon Wireless has managed to improve its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299943==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/11/13/carrier.investing.500m.to.help.fix.lte.bandwidth.i ssues/" rel='nofollow'>LTE network</a> in a number of cities. The carrier has reportedly increased the amount of bandwidth available to customers, with some markets seeing Verizon tripling its LTE capacity, thanks to its earlier $3.9 billion <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299944==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/16/fcc.approval.likely.paving.way.to.4g.lte.buildout/" rel='nofollow'>wireless spectrum purchase</a>. <br />
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<div align='center'><img src='http://photos.macnn.com/article_images/1386334488-md-verizonltetrialnewyork1.png' style='max-width: 100%;' alt='Testing of Verizon's New York LTE network in October' border='0' pagespeed_url_hash="1584770838"/><br/><span class='minor2'>Testing of Verizon's New York LTE network in October</span></div><br />
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Areas of New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C. have seen the highest speed increases, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299937==http://gigaom.com/2013/12/05/verizon-quietly-unleashes-its-lte-monster-tripling-4g-capacity-in-major-cities/" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>GigaOM</em>, with parts of San Francisco and Los Angeles gaining a capacity boost of 150 percent. Once completed, this will in theory give Verizon the ability to support more connections at the higher speeds, as well as bringing customer connections closer to the 80Mbps spotted being tested in New York <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299938==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/15/network.could.reach.150mbps.maximum.thanks.to.4g.c able.licenses/" rel='nofollow'>in October</a>. The way the newtork has been set up paves the way for mobile connections reaching 100Mbps or even 150Mbps, claims the report. <br />
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Even though it has improved the network, it is not all plain sailing for Verizon. Its earlier plans to roll out <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299939==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/10/09/end.to.end.qos.said.to.deliver.clear.calls/" rel='nofollow'>Voice-over-LTE</a> will no longer launch before the end of 2013. <em>PhoneScoop</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299940==http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=13293" rel='nofollow'>notes</a> that a recent press <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/299941==http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2013/12/verizon-wireless-4g-lte-three-year-anniversary.html" rel='nofollow'>release</a> celebrating the third anniversary of the LTE network states that VoLTE will be available to users "next year."
 
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