Friday, May 16, 2014

Verizon AWS LTE to be branded XLTE

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Late last year Verizon started to launch AWS (1700/2100) 4G LTE in congested markets to help offload usage from their 700Mhz LTE bands. Users with compatible devices were reporting upwards of 80Mbps down and 15Mbps up because not many devices are capable of running on AWS bands yet. Recently Droid Life reported that Verizon will take their AWS network public on May 19th and brand the service as “XLTE”. The first phones planned to support XLTE are the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8). Both of these phones will receive an OTA (Over the Air) update, which will give customers access to XLTE. The rebranded service may seem faster than standard 4G LTE, but after all devices also support XLTE you’ll see speeds average out to standard LTE data rates around 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up.