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Verizon ushers in LTE Advanced era

Verizon is leading the way in all the consumer metrics that matter, as the latest study puts Big Red far ahead of its closest competitor, AT&T, and too far ahead of the UNcarrier T-Mobile — who’s had it out for Big Red with the goal of undermining the company’s growth over the last few years. Now, thanks to Big Red’s desire to carry customers into the future, Verizon has finally ushered in the LTE Advanced era in the United States.

LTE Advanced is as the name implies: advanced long term evolution (LTE) technology that brings faster internet and web browsing speeds when customers need them. “Verizon LTE Advanced means your data session moves more quickly over the best network. Imagine a road with multiple lanes in which, once you pick a lane, that’s the lane you drive in. That describes our award-winning 4G LTE network. Continuing the metaphor, Verizon LTE Advanced allows cars to change lanes efficiently and flawlessly, balancing the flow of traffic and getting drivers to their destinations more efficiently. That means blindingly fast data transmissions when you need it most,” said Verizon wireless network engineer chief Nicki Palmer.

In other words, LTE-A (as the concept is often abbreviated) allows users to switch networks when they need to, bringing them faster data speeds when they need downloads and continuing their reliable current speeds when they don’t. The network doesn’t seem designed to give users beyond blazing fast speeds all the time (no network does that, no matter how reliable), but that it’s designed to be a quick help when you need it.

Verizon has introduced LTE Advanced today to 461 cities from coast to coast, increasing internet speeds by up to 50%. The company’s announcement today continues the tradition of bringing better internet technology to its customers before the rest of the US: first, 3G in 2003, then 4G LTE in 2010, and today, LTE Advanced. Big Red intends to be the first in the US to usher in the era of 5G wireless as well, making wireless internet more accessible than at current coffeeshops and airports.

You can find out whether or not your device is LTE-A capable as well as whether or not your city makes the initial list by going to the source link below.

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