Verizon is already America’s fastest mobile network, but apparently, the sky is no limit for the giant carrier.
In a move that will see the carrier become even faster than before, Verizon has announced that it will be upping its LTE network speeds to a maximum of 300Mbps. Of course, this is just in theory for it is rare to achieve these kinds of speeds in real life. But still, the carrier is adamant that the use of three-carrier aggregation technology will ensure that indeed these speeds are maxed.
With this aggregation technology, separated lanes of spectrums are bonded together to make one, wider lane. This already happens with the likes of AT&T and Sprint, but these two carriers are only on the two-carrier aggregation technology, which bonds two spectrum lanes. With this in mind, Verizon happens to be the first to offer three-carrier aggregation technology on a large scale.
Although Verizon is the first to offer this kind of speeds in the U.S., those using Bell network in Canada can attest to what three-carrier aggregation can do. Apparently, speeds of up to 200Mbps can be realized in real life, something that means Verizon’s 300Mbps promise could still be possible. With such internet speeds, you should be worried about your monthly data cap for it can run out in just a matter of minutes.
Sprint has also been running tests on the three-carrier aggregation technology and so has T-Mobile. So, Verizon could be the first to hit the road up and running, but other carriers are hot on its heels. The carrier has confirmed that not all cities are currently enjoying the new 300Mbps speeds. Some are still on the older two-carrier aggregation technology, which still manages decent speeds of 225Mbps, at least according to Verizon.
The outgoing technology brings together the 1700MHz and 700MHz spectrums, both of which have been exclusive to LTE. However, the incoming technology adds the 1900MHz spectrum, which is still used exclusively by Verizon in certain areas for 3G connections.
What’s the catch?
While many will be impressed that Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile will soon be offering much faster internet speeds, this will heavily rely on the type of phone users have. Not all phones can support the current two-carrier aggregation technology, so, you can imagine what the situation is like as far as the three-carrier aggregation technology is concerned. To make matters worse, Verizon has taken a bold step to automatically disable three-carrier aggregation on phones that are supported.
The current iPhone 6S, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Samsung Galaxy S7, Motorola Moto Z, HTC 10 and the iPhone SE, among others, are compatible with two-carrier aggregation. As far as the three-carrier aggregation is concerned, the pot only consists of the latest Galaxy S7, S6 Edge+, Note 7, Note 5 and HTC 10. The story is expected to be the same for the upcoming LG V20 and iPhone 7. These phones are now part of Category 9 or higher as opposed to the other group’s Category 6.
Verizon will avail the new features to supported phones as a software update, which should be available for download soon.