Verizon Doubles Wireless Broadband Speeds

Verizon says its new “XLTE” technology will double the bandwidth of its wireless network in about 250 of its markets including most major cities. It said it will also provide higher peak speeds for some subscribers. It said, “XLTE adds capacity in neighborhoods or areas where demand is high, especially during busy periods like rush hour, lunch times in crowded areas or during events when mobile data use is the highest.”

Verizon previously promised 5 to 12 Mbps.

XLTE uses Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum. Smartphones and tablets with AWS technology are required. Verizon said most new smartphones are AWS compatible including the Apple iPhone 5s and 5c and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 smartphones…

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