Verizon already looking forward with LTE-Advanced

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Verizon has the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network, comparable or even faster than most home broadband connections, but it isn’t going to rest on its laurels. As it continues to deploy LTE networks across the U.S., with plans for a complete overlay by the end of 2013, Verizon is also working on LTE-Advanced. The carrier says it’s too early to tell what the implications and potential are, but that its long-term plan is to use the next-generation LTE technology.

Light Reading Mobile says:

But that’s all the carrier has going on with regard to the true 4G LTE network. Praveen Atreya, director of network technology and Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center, says it is too early to test LTE-Advanced or even research potential speeds and features of it. That being said, Verizon is definitely going that route in the long term, he says.

Currently, Verizon is still focused on deploying its 4G LTE network across the nation. With its newly announced areas of coverage, Verizon will cover 143 total markets by September 16, bringing the total population covered to over 160 million, which is over half of the U.S.

Verizon is also working on voice-over-LTE, which will allow users to make voice calls over the carrier’s 4G network. This will improve voice quality overall, and will continue to give Verizon’s LTE users the benefit of simultaneous voice and data usage.

[Via: LR Mobile]

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