While most of us here in the Philippines are still stuck with sluggish and sometimes unreliable internet connection, Verizon Wireless has started rolling out the XLTE in 44 states in the United States which is touted to double the 4G/LTE bandwidth and increased peak speeds in supported areas.
For those of you who are not keeping tabs, Verizon was granted permission by the FCC in 2012 to purchase network spectrums from the country’s largest cable providers, most of which are UMTS band IV or commonly known as AWS.
After getting a nod for the $3.9 billion airwaves purchase, Verizon then upgraded their LTE cell sites in order to take full advantage of their newly-acquired AWS spectrums. Fast forward to today, and Verizon subscribers can finally reap the benefits of faster and less congested internet access courtesy of XLTE.
While all Verizon subs living in one of the many XLTE cities in the US will experience improved 4G LTE internet connection, consumers with XLTE-ready devices will benefit more in this recent network upgrade since their devices can ride the AWS bands wherever it’s available. XLTE-compatible devices include the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Moto G.