Verizon Wireless has started deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in a number of key markets using its recently acquired allocation of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum, company spokesman Tom Pica told Fierce Wireless. ‘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 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,’ he said. However, Pica declined to comment on which markets Verizon is deploying LTE over AWS spectrum in first, or how quickly the rollout will proceed.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Verizon purchased the nationwide allocation of AWS spectrum for USD3.9 billion from SpectrumCo – a joint venture between cablecos Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the deal in August 2012. The spectrum is being used to augment Verizon’s nationwide LTE network, which runs on its 700MHz C block spectrum.