A Leader in 4G LTE
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the largest and most reliable in the United States. With the power of 4G LTE, you can share and stream video in high definition; game in near-real time; surf quickly and easily; and download songs and photos in seconds and movies in minutes.
303million people coveredacross the U.S.
500U.S. marketsand counting
5-12MBps (Megabits per second)download speed
2-5MBps (Megabits per second)upload speed
80billion invested in theentire network since 2000
- What is 4G LTE?
- The term 4G LTE has two parts: “4G,” meaning that it is the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks, and “LTE,” which stands for Long Term Evolution, a technology that provides high-speed data for phones and other mobile devices.
- Can Devices Other Than Smartphones Use the 4G LTE Network?
- Devices such as tablets, mobile hotspots and smart cameras are already taking advantage of the speed and reliability of the 4G LTE network, as are machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions used in various businesses, including the transportation, healthcare and education industries.
- How Do You Test the Network?
- Our nationwide team of test men and women drive more than 1 million miles annually in specially-equipped vehicles, which are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually to check network performance, call quality, and data performance on our network and the networks of up to seven other wireless carriers.
- What is LTE Advanced?
- LTE Advanced is the next milestone in the evolution of 4G LTE. It incorporates standards-based network enhancements and performance features, such as a carrier aggregation feature that allows our existing 700 MHz 4G LTE spectrum and recently-acquired 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum to seamlessly operate together. We plan on leading in this space just as we have led in the deployment of LTE.
- What is the LTE in Rural America Program?
- The goal of the LTE in Rural America Program is to help jumpstart the delivery of 4G LTE services to rural communities. We team up with rural carriers to enable them to build and operate a 4G LTE network in their areas, using their own tower and backhaul assets and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum.
- What is Latency and Why Does It Matter?
- Latency is the amount of time (measured in milliseconds) that it takes for data on a network to travel between its source and destination. The lower the rate of latency, the faster the interaction between a device and its network. Low latency reduces buffering interruptions or lags when, for example, games or video are streamed on a wireless device.
- Why Does Capacity Matter?
- Capacity is the amount of traffic (activity) that a network can handle at one time; greater capacity means that the network can handle more simultaneous users and/or provide faster data speeds. Verizon Wireless has many ways to increase capacity for customers, including (but not limited to) “densifying” the network with cell splits and sector splits, and both indoor and outdoor digital antenna systems.
AWS (Advanced Wireless Services)
The 1700/2100 MHz spectrum acquired in 2012 used to increase 4G LTE network capacity.
The amount of traffic (activity) that a network can handle at one time.
allows a wireless provider to spread video, data and other bandwidth-intensive traffic over two spectrum bands. For example, Verizon Wireless’ XLTE service uses the 700 MHz and 1700 MHz AWS bands. Aggregating multiple bands gives mobile services access to more bandwidth than if they used a single band. For customers, that means faster downloads and uploads, and streaming HD videos that don’t tile or freeze.
“Cell on Light Trucks”—fully-functional generator-powered mobile cell sites that can be deployed on short notice to assist in providing wireless services in the event existing cell sites are damaged or disabled by a disaster.
“Cell on Wheels”—fully-functional generator-powered mobile cell sites that can be brought in to enhance coverage and capacity when needed.
Repeater on a Trailer and Cell Repeaters on Wheels — Picks up a network signal, amplifies it and then points it to an area with a weaker signal or no signal at all. During Hurricane Sandy, for instance, CROWS boosted signals into buildings where there wasn’t any internal service. The damaged areas were able to receive a wireless signal so communications could resume quickly. This was one step in reassuring customers their mobile networks were not lost.
DAS (Distributed Antennae System)
A network of spatially-separated antenna nodes connected to a common source via a transport medium that provides wireless service within a geographic area or structure.
The part of a network connection used to receive, or “download,” data to a device from a remote server.
Generator on a Trailer — can be towed to an area where public power has been interrupted or is unavailable to power a COW, an existing cell site, or a switch. In a disaster or large-scale event, the GOAT can provide extra power to keep network mobile and existing network equipment running and customers connected.
describes the complex interoperation among macrocell, small cell, and in some cases, WiFi network elements used together to provide a mosaic of coverage, with handoff capability between the different network elements.
HVAC on Roadside Equipment — A truck outfitted with an air conditioner and generator to provide climate control necessary to operate the computing and switching equipment in a cell site or switching center. In a disaster or large-scale event, the HORSE can provide heavy duty air conditioning to a switching center or data center if it is disabled or not fully functional.
is a combination of more than 15 network enhancements and performance features that are designed to create greater performance and capacity on 4G LTE networks in the future. Two of the more important features are carrier aggregation and heterogeneous networks. Engineers at Verizon Wireless today are beginning the work of deploying these capabilities around the U.S.
Repeater on a Trailer — Picks up a network signal, amplifies it and then points it to an area with a weaker signal or no signal at all.
Fully-featured, short range mobile phone base stations used to complement mobile phone service from larger macrocell towers.
Radio frequencies travel over the air via spectrum or invisible pathways for wireless signals. Everything from commercial radio programs, cell phone calls, data transmissions and the signal that allows you to change the channels on your TV with your remote control from your couch, travels through these pathways.
A mobile telephone switching office (MTSO) that typically handles tens of millions of wireless connections each day – from calls and texts to emails and Internet connections – from customers’ cell phones, tablets, computers and other devices.
The part of a network connection used to send, or “upload,” data from a device to a remote server.
is Verizon Wireless’ deployment of 4G LTE over its Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum on its 4G LTE network. XLTE helps double the bandwidth of the Verizon 4G LTE network in cities coast to coast, delivering faster peak data speeds to XLTE-ready devices and expanding the overall capacity of the network. XLTE enables a more mobile lifestyle, staying ahead of customer demand for the capability to access the Verizon Wireless data network – to watch video, access the Internet, connect to social media and more.