Verizon Wireless has announced that it has launched LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in a total of 461 cities nationwide, covering more than 228 million people. Alongside all of the nation’s major cities, the cellco notes that LTE-A connectivity is also supported along highways, interstates, country roads and across rural America. Depending on location and spectrum availability, Verizon leverages either carrier aggregation (CA) or tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) technology encompassing the 700MHz, 1900MHz (PCS) and 2100MHz/1700MHz (AWS) bands.
The upgraded service is initially available via a total of 39 LTE-A-capable phones and tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, and phones in the Moto Droid and Apple iPhone ranges. As new devices from Apple, Samsung, LG and other manufacturers are introduced, they will be LTE-A-capable ‘right out of the box’, the cellco said.