Verizon Wireless said that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the first device that is going to be compatible with their next network upgrade. Verizon’s Advance Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum is more than double Internet speeds. The components in the S4 makes it possible to work on Verizon’s AWS according to VP of network support Mike Haberman. The S4 phones will require a software upgrade to activate the connection to the AWS frequency.
Last year, Verizon started building the next phase of its network using existing AWS airwaves. Verizon acquired airwaves last year from several cable companies led by Comcast. This service will launch in several major cities over the next few months first. New York will be one of the first cities to get AWS.
Verizon will be using the AWS airwaves to increase the capacity of their long-term evolution (LTE) network. Verizon has plans to add more devices that utilizes their higher speeds. The S4 is the only phone that can utilize this type of connection as of right now. The LTE traffic volume is expected to be 6-7 times faster in 3 years than it is today added Haberman.