Verizon Wireless announced today that it is now deploying its XLTE service in select markets across the country. Verizon claims that XLTE will deliver faster peak data speeds and will at least double the 4G LTE bandwidth for users covered by the service.
XLTE is available in more than half of its 4G LTE markets throughout the U.S. XLTE is a faster version of Verizon’s current LTE network with a higher bandwidth capacity. Verizon has been preparing this network over the past two years.
Two years ago, Verizon bought $3.9 billion worth of spectrum or radio waves that carry wireless signals from Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House Networks. Verizon started to upgrade its LTE towers with new equipment to take advantage of the new radio waves, known as Advanced Wireless Spectrum. This new network is different from LTE Advanced, which is the next-generation standard for wireless networks.
Verizon’s new network will not be compatible with all devices. The list of supported devices include: the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Moto X. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S will not support Verizon’s faster network.
The XLTE network is available today.