Verizon yesterday introduced its XLTE service, doubling the LTE bandwidth in some select markets to improve peak speeds on a range of devices, including the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5c, the iPad Air, and the Retina iPad mini.

XLTE is the name given to Verizon's AWS spectrum, which the company initially purchased back in 2012. Akin to opening another lane on a congested freeway, XLTE will open up new bandwidth for those using an AWS-compatible device, which includes the iPhone 5s and the 5c, ultimately resulting in faster LTE speeds. XLTE simply refers to LTE on the AWS spectrum, with Verizon's described speed increases resulting from more available bandwidth.


While not directly beneficial to users of older iPhones, XLTE does have the potential to result in increased bandwidth on the standard 700MHz spectrum used by those devices, as newer devices will automatically take advantage of the AWS spectrum.

XLTE delivers faster peak data speeds and a minimum of double the bandwidth to 4G LTE customers in high traffic areas in markets nationwide where AWS spectrum has been activated.

While XLTE network enhancements are invisible to the customer, the mobile experience is not. XLTE Ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities. Customers with 4G LTE devices operating solely on the 700 MHz spectrum in XLTE markets also benefit from the extra capacity created by XLTE Ready device traffic moving to the AWS spectrum.

XLTE is currently available in multiple cities across 44 different states, which can be found on Verizon's website [PDF]. According to Verizon's estimates, the newly available AWS spectrum will improve LTE speeds for approximately 35 percent of the active devices on its network.

It is important to note that XLTE is simply a marketing term for LTE on Verizon's AWS spectrum rather than a new wireless standard. It is similar to AT&T's move to call HSPA+ 4G back in 2012 in order to distinguish it from standard HSPA 3G speeds.

Verizon has also announced VoLTE -- or Voice over LTE -- which is set to roll out to its network later this year. VoLTE, much like AT&T's HD Voice, will improve voice quality by allowing users to make calls over LTE.

Top Rated Comments

nikicampos Avatar
114 months ago
This long article about bandwidth speed and not a single mention about the actual speed.. :(
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
herocero Avatar
114 months ago
Not even close. In DC not too long ago with LTE I was able to get almost 45 down, on a friends 55 with Verizon he got about 10 down. This was right in front of the Verizon Center...

It's not called the Verizon Center because it's where they run a bunch of towers . . .
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Codyak Avatar
114 months ago
AT&T is really getting left in the dust.

Not even close. In DC not too long ago with LTE I was able to get almost 45 down, on a friends 5S with Verizon he got about 10 down. This was right in front of the Verizon Center... ;)

About 40 minutes west of DC I get faster HSPA+ than anyone I know's Verizon LTE. I had Verizon when they first debuted LTE and it is was lightning fast, as time when on however they seem to have not made any effort to upgrade their network. Hopefully this XLTE helps that.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SVTmaniac Avatar
114 months ago
I'd much rather them double my data cap instead of double the speed. My 4G was already fast enough for a phone, it's not like I download 1 gig files to it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Technarchy Avatar
114 months ago
CDMA? LOL

No thanks. I'll stay with AT&T.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iMerik Avatar
114 months ago
Hold on now. As a AT&T customer I must protest... wait, maybe not.... okay, you are right...

With Verizon get bandwidth and TMob getting pricing. AT&T is not showing any advantage right now. But give a week. The industry is getting exciting again as these companies are really duking it out. The only one that does not see to be scoring any points is Sprint.
Except without T-Mobile in my area, my AT&T plan is cheaper than the Verizon equivalent and coverage and speeds seem just fine to me. I'm not in love with any carrier, but I thought I would defend AT&T a little. It shows an advantage to me for what I have available.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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