Verizon Deploying Fatter 4G Pipes in NYC

Fatter pipes for faster 4G in the US is likely to be one of the stories of 2014 for many operators, but it appears that Verizon is getting a head start on the updates in NYC.

Local mobile speed and spectrum spotter -- milan03 -- alerted Light Reading that "Verizon's 2x20Mhz LTE is already popping up in NYC in various midtown locations."

Here's a speed test he took, showing the upload and download bandwidth at 20MHz each respectively. Verizon Wireless started its LTE deployment with 2X10MHz channels:

So why does this matter to the average user?

Well, fatter channels for upload and download are one of the simplest ways for carriers to add speed and capacity to their networks and often don't even require users to upgrade their devices to feel the benefits, although as operators aggregate more disparate frequencies this could change.

As you can see from the speed test, 2x20MHz channels blaze past 2x10MHz channels, with 80 Mbit/s or more on the download and 15 Mbit/s to 20 Mbit/s on the upload. Verizon's best currently deployed markets are getting in the region of 18 Mbit/s top average speeds.

Of course, once the 2x20MHz sites come into regular use, they will also get loaded up and slow down. Nonetheless, users should see a significant uplift from existing 4G LTE networks.

This is why major US operators are looking towards upgrades to 2x20MHz over the next year or so. The upgrades, however, will once again highlight the spectrum haves and have-nots in the US markets as smaller regional operators will likely struggle to get the spectrum required for wider channels.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones 10/22/2013 | 12:30:14 PM
Asking Sprint too Asking Sprint too so I hit the big 4.
milan03 10/22/2013 | 12:06:37 PM
Re: Wonder what the AT&T response will be No UE could attach to it, and if they're testing, that's still lab like environment. They are launching 5Mhz FDD LTE in the PCS band this year in some cities like NYC. So that should add extra capacity on top of their 10Mhz FDD LTE in 700Mhz. So that's a bit more capacity, but it isn't contiguous and no CA yet.
DanJones 10/22/2013 | 12:00:52 PM
Re: Wonder what the AT&T response will be Well, AT&T has said that it will test carrier aggregation in 2013, so doesn't seem entirely beyond the bounds of possibility, right?
milan03 10/22/2013 | 11:57:02 AM
Re: Wonder what the AT&T response will be Haha Dan you're joking, right? AT&T simply doesn't have that kind of capacity without completely shutting down and reframing their umts carriers. At least until carrier aggregation.
DanJones 10/22/2013 | 11:24:05 AM
Wonder what the AT&T response will be Anyone seen any AT&T 2x20MHz?
milan03 10/22/2013 | 10:37:24 AM
Re: 80 Mbps Yeah absolutely. Times Square, Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, 57th/58th & 7th Ave, Central Park West between 59th and 67th Street, 3rd Avenue between 50th and 60th Street, etc...

They're installing small DAS on light poles, but the backhaul is still lagging behind. That should be corrected before the launch.

Also reports from San Diego, Chicago, LA.
DanJones 10/22/2013 | 9:34:50 AM
Re: 80 Mbps Any more 2x20MHz sightings out there?
milan03 10/16/2013 | 11:28:18 PM
Re: 80 Mbps In Verizon's case, they already own fiber in NYC, and BTS are already loaded with 1Gbps cards, so it's really a matter of remote provisioning.

But let's not forget that their AWS layer is still in testing stages, so it's not necessarily cost effective to start spending extra $$$ for more bandwidth that won't be fully utilized.
DanJones 10/16/2013 | 6:31:48 PM
Re: 80 Mbps There's a lot you can do with 23-25 Mbit/s down. I'm not staring in my own immersive 3D reality show right off my phone -- yet, that is --so 100 Mbit/s is a luxury, certainly not a must-have*.


*Also, jesus, did you just read that sentence I wrote? That would have been unthinkable 2 years ago. 1st world problems indeed... 
DanJones 10/16/2013 | 6:27:46 PM
Re: 80 Mbps I would imagine backhaul will once again again become a headache for operators with this sort of capacity from the RAN. 
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