Verizon Launches LTE Advanced, Offering 50 Percent Faster Speeds

Verizon has officially launched what it calls LTE Advanced.

It is already active in 461 cities across the US, and it covers large portions of rural areas and highways as well. It provides up to 50 percent faster mobile data speeds than what was offered until now.

LTE Advanced uses what is known as carrier aggregation to speed up your internet. Instead of using only one mobile spectrum band at a time, carrier aggregation uses two or three.

Two-channel aggregation, something already offered by AT&T and Sprint, provides peak speeds of 225 Mbps, while three-channel aggregation offers potential speeds of over 300 Mbps. However, typical speeds are 5-12 Mbps.

Verizon is the first to use three bandwidth channels at once, and this service comes at no extra cost to existing Verizon users. However, only 39 existing Verizon phones and tablets currently support LTE Advanced. If you own one of these devices and it is up-to-date, it will automatically connect to the internet via LTE Advanced.

Here is a list of LTE Advanced-capable devices (Source: Verizon):

  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 6s
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • Apple iPhone 5 SE
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Apple iPad Pro 9.7
  • Apple iPad Air 2
  • Apple iPad Mini 4
  • Asus Zenpad Z8
  • Blackberry PRIV
  • HTC 10
  • HTC Desire 626
  • HTC One M9
  • LG V10
  • LG G4
  • LG G5
  • Microsoft Surface 3
  • Motorola Nexus 6
  • Moto X
  • Moto Z Force Droid
  • Moto Z Droid
  • Motorola Droid Turbo 2
  • Motorola Droid Turbo
  • Netgear MHS AC791L
  • Novatel MiFi i6620L
  • Novatel MiFi USB620L
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
  • Samsung Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy View
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab E 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Sony Xperia Z3v
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet In a statement, head of operations for Verizon’s wireless unit Tami Erwin stated, “Verizon LTE Advanced works like a turbocharger on an engine. Speed boosts kick in when you need it most, with big data use. That’s when you get the big peak boost of Verizon LTE Advanced. Our customers just received a major network enhancement for no additional cost.”