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Verizon LTE Hits 80Mbps in Some Markets Thanks to AWS Spectrum

by Todd Haselton | October 16, 2013October 16, 2013 9:00 am PDT

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Who needs a home Internet connection? Verizon Wireless customers are starting to see incredible 4G LTE speeds in some markets, such as New York City, as the carrier begins activating its 4G LTE service in the 2100MHz frequency bands of its advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum. One GigaOm reader even submitted the above screen shot, reporting download speeds as fast as 80Mbps; by comparison, we typically see networks fall right around 10Mbps in New York City, give or take a few megabits-per-second depending on the location.

“As our customers’ wireless data usage continues to grow, AWS spectrum is being deployed to ensure the continued consistent reliability and capacity of our 4G LTE network,” Verizon said in a statement to Fierce Wireless that confirmed the AWS activation. “Verizon Wireless has begun activating 4G LTE service on its AWS spectrum in many of our major markets across the US. A limited number of devices are AWS capable at this time. We plan to push a software upgrade to other AWS-capable devices in the near future.”

Verizon offers the largest 4G LTE network in the United States, though AT&T has received accolades for offering the fastest service. It looks like Verizon is gunning to take that crown away, and it has the spectrum to do so following a swap for additional AWS licenses from AT&T.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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