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Verizon Launches XLTE, Says 35 Percent of Active Devices Are Compatible

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 12:16pm
Ben Munson

Verizon today officially announced XLTE, the name it’s given to the LTE network deployed over the carrier’s AWS spectrum.

After substantially completing its nationwide LTE buildout on 700 MHz, Verizon began supplementing that with an AWS LTE deployment. The carrier is promising XLTE will deliver double the LTE bandwidth and faster peak speeds.

Verizon released a list of the cities that can now access XLTE and provided details about device compatibility with the service.

XLTE Ready devices, that automatically access the AWS network, include the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Verizon said that now more than 35 percent of active devices on its network are XLTE Ready.

Today’s XLTE launch confirms a report last week that put the announcement date at May 19.

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