Verizon Wireless has reportedly tripled the amount of spectrum available for Long Term Evolution (LTE) in a number of major markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Seattle and Washington, DC. According to technology website GigaOM, the improvements follow reports in October this year that the cellco was starting to utilise its recently acquired advanced wireless services (AWS) frequencies to boost its 4G capabilities. Verizon Wireless chief network officer Nicola Palmer says that in every major city east of the Mississippi, and in several western markets, Verizon is using ‘full’ 40MHz blocks of spectrum, double the size of the 20MHz blocks deployed across its 700MHz nationwide LTE deployment.
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.