Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it has expanded its deployment of 1700MHz/2100MHz advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum to boost its Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage in 22 additional markets. Verizon has dubbed its deployment of 1700MHz/2100MHz AWS spectrum for LTE as ‘XLTE’; the new network has been designed to bolster capacity on the cellco’s 700MHz LTE network. Further, the mobile giant has claimed that it now offers XLTE in more than 400 markets nationwide, equivalent to 80% of its LTE footprint. New markets include: Somerset (Kentucky), Hilo (Hawaii) and Jacksonville (North Carolina).
TeleGeography notes that Verizon started rolling out AWS spectrum late last year, initially augmenting capacity in major markets such as Chicago, New York City and San Francisco; around 50% of the cellco’s network was covered by May this year.