Verizon tests Gigabit LTE speeds
RingPlus News Service Los Angeles August 4th, 2017:
Verizon is ready to start rolling out its license-assisted access technology nationwide. In the demonstration in Boca Raton, Verizon was able to achieve 953 mbps with commercial network equipment. Thus resulting in the VP of Network support for Verizon, Mike Haberman, to state that Verizon will be installing LAA radios in select cell sites around the country. LAA can not be activated through just a change of software, the implementation of new radios to the cell sites is required. For the test in Boca Raton, Verizon used Ericsson’s micro radio 2205, an LTE radio that operates in the unlicensed 5Ghz band.
The majority of Verizon customers do not have devices that will be able to support these technologies, but they can still benefit from the network upgrade. According to Verizon, smartphones enabled by Qualcomm’s X16 model will be able to take advantage of Verizon’s network enhancements to jump on and off the network which will leave more space for more subscribers to do the same. At the moment there are only two devices out that support this new technology, the Galaxy S8 and the Moto Z2 Force edition.