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Verizon: Next-Generation 4G LTE-Advanced on the Road Map



Speaking at a recent technology conference, Verizon director of network technology Praveen Atreya says that the next-generation of 4G LTE is already on the carrier’s road map for the future. After Verizon finishes its deployment of 4G LTE across the nation, the carrier will be upgrading its network infrastructure to the faster LTE-Advanced technology. Rival Clearwire, which is partnering with Sprint, has already announced that it too would look into LTE-Advanced for 4G.

LTE-Advanced offers much faster maximum download speeds than today’s 4G LTE technology. With Verizon claiming and offering real world speeds of up to 15 Mbps on the download side and 6 Mbps on the upload side, these speeds can be increase many times over with LTE-Advanced. Clearwire’s proposed implementation could deliver a potential maximum speed of up to 100 Mbps on the download side with small latency.

With AT&T only now beginning to light up its LTE network and Clearwire eyeing LTE for the future, Verizon Wireless already has a good head start on the next generation mobile broadband technology, which is capable of delivering up to ten times the speed of 3G.

LTE-Adanced can be seen as an evolution of 4G, and may be similarly named 4G+ similar to how HSPA+ is an evolution of 3G HSPA technology. In the U.S., marketing dictates that HSPA+ is referred to as 4G due to the speed promises that the technology offers, but in Europe the technology is still referred to as 3G. It’s unclear if LTE-Advanced will be classified as 4G+ or 5G when it launches.

As we’re already moving into the world of tiered and metered data plans alongside throttled plans, it’d be interesting to see how the mobile landscape for data will change once LTE-Advanced hits.

Via: Phonescoop



  1. Tavon

    09/19/2011 at 3:31 pm

    I don’t understand why these carriers are offering these super fast speeds and then have data caps. What’s the point of having these super fast speeds if consumers can’t even use it without worrying about overage fees?

    • Tyroneyoung2011

      09/19/2011 at 4:56 pm

      Your right they need to get it steady where you can use all you want tyrone

    • Bradley C Rawleigh

      09/21/2011 at 12:32 pm

      i think that there new TOS for throttling gives us a glimpse of what there future 4G+ network will bring. Data wont be by use rather they will limit speeds and eventually offer home based ISP connections with there new 4G+ network. Change will COME, once verizon relieves some of the heavy load on there current 3G Voice network!

  2. David Forst

    12/13/2011 at 3:31 pm

    There is no doubt that LTE Advanced will be billed as “4G” when it is released.

    The current LTE networks are really 3.9G.  Imagine the furor when these carriers announce 4G when all their customers were believing they had it already.

    See here:

  3. Adrian

    05/31/2012 at 6:40 am

    Wireless carriers were given authorization to lie to its customers calling this 4g if they promises to bring the true 4g at a later date The standard called IMT-advanced.

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