Customers of Verizon?EU?s mobile network received a pleasant surprise yesterday when the carrier announced that it had launched a new technology in 461 U.S. cities designed to make wireless data download speeds as much as 50 percent faster. Verizon said the upgrade, dubbed ?EU?LTE Advanced,” will affect more than 288 million clients.
Verizon mobile customers don’t have to pay extra for the new network or take any additional steps to access it. As long as customers are using one of the 39 devices approved for the network and their devices are running the latest software, they should start experiencing the faster speeds automatically, the company said.
The new technology uses software that combines two or three separate bandwidth channels into one larger channel to send data sessions over the most efficient route to completion, according to Verizon. This technology, known as ?EU?carrier aggregation,: uses a combination of 700 MHz, AWS, and PCS spectrum.
?EU?Imagine a road with multiple lanes in which, once you pick a lane, that?EU?s the lane you drive in,?EU? said Nicki Palmer, Verizon?EU?s chief wireless network engineer, in a statement. That image described the company?EU?s pre-existing 4G LTE network. ?EU?Continuing the metaphor, Verizon LTE Advanced allows cars to change lanes efficiently and flawlessly, balancing the flow of traffic and getting drivers to their destinations more efficiently,?EU? Palmer added.
Verizon customers will continue to experience typical download speeds of 5 MBPS to 12 Mbps, according to the company. But the two-channel carrier aggregation of the type used by LTE Advanced has shown peak download speeds of up to 225 Mbps, far exceeding the current speeds being experienced by wireless data networks nationwide, according to Verizon.
Meanwhile, three-channel carrier aggregation provides even greater efficiency, the company said. Verizon engineers deploying three-channel carrier aggregation have experienced speeds greater than 300…