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Verizon to Intro Super Fast XLTE Network?

by Todd Haselton | May 16, 2014May 16, 2014 9:00 pm PST


In other parts of the world we’ve seen faster LTE networks marketed as LTE-Advanced. Here in the United States, however, it sounds like the marketing team at Verizon Wireless has a different name in store for faster LTE networks: XLTE. This isn’t the first time carriers have decided to brand their own networks differently. In fact, when HSPA+, technically a 3G network, T-Mobile and AT&T both marketed the network as “4G” before moving to “4G LTE.”

XLTE sounds like it’s going to be pretty fast, however. Droid-Life said Friday that it has learned that Verizon will use new spectrum to double the 4G LTE bandwidth in some markets. Verizon has already had some insane data speeds popping up in a few markets, like New York City where, thanks to new AWS spectrum, some LTE speeds are hitting 80MbpsDroid-Life says existing customers won’t need to get new devices — at least not if you bought one during the last year — and that the software onboard will still refer to the network as “4G LTE.”

The news outlet didn’t say where and when Verizon will start to activate the network, but @evleaks backed up the “XLTE” claims with a tweet of his own, showing Verizon’s new branding:

Droid-Life @Evleaks

Todd Haselton

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