Verizon Wireless has expanded the reach of its ‘XLTE’ technology to 13 new markets, Wireless Week reports, taking the total number of markets covered with the aggregated solution to 466. XLTE aggregates 700MHz 4G spectrum with 2100MHz/1700MHz advanced wireless services (AWS) frequencies, and effectively doubles the available bandwidth in those areas covered. According to the report the service has now been extended to Alpena, Ironwood and Petoskey (all Michigan), Lewiston-Auburn and Waterville/Augusta (both Maine), McCook (Nebraska), Oneonta (New York), Pottsville-Frackville (Pennsylvania), Roseburg (Oregon), Tupelo-Corinth and Vicksburg (Mississippi), Victoria (Texas) and Wausau/Rhinelander (Wisconsin).
In related news, Verizon has said that its ‘LTE in Rural America (LRA)’ partner, Bluegrass Cellular, has also started to roll out XLTE technology across its network in central Kentucky. The LRA scheme, which was introduced in May 2010, has seen Verizon lease pockets of its 700MHz upper C block spectrum to rural carriers so that they can deploy LTE networks of their own, over which Verizon has roaming rights. However, Verizon has indicated that it is now also leasing its AWS-1 spectrum to LRA participants to enable the launch of XLTE services, as and when required.