Chicago & Suburbs are included in the LTE ADVANCED roll-out.

LTE Advanced is not a new technology, with Verizon and other carriers working over the past couple of years to gradually roll it out through “carrier aggregation” upgrades that allow multiple bandwidth channels to be combined for faster speeds.

The LTE Advanced upgrades come to Verizon’s customers at no additional cost.  Verizon LTE Advanced will work on one of 39+ devices found at this URL:  already on the carrier’s network, including the iPhone, Moto Droid, and Galaxy S6 and S7.

“Verizon LTE Advanced means your data session moves more quickly over the best network,” said Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s chief wireless network engineer. “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.”

Verizon’s LTE Advanced deployment currently uses a combination of two- and three-carrier aggregation, with two-channel carrier aggregation resulting in download speeds of up to 225 Mbps under ideal conditions, compared to “typical” speeds of 5-12 Mbps.

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  • Mbps = megabits per second.
  • 1 byte = 8 bits, which is 1 character (i.e. A).
  • 1 Kilobyte (KB) = 1024 bytes = 210  bytes
  • 1 Megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes = 1024 Kilobytes = 220
  • 1 Gigabyte (GB) = 1,073,741,824  bytes = 1024 MB = 1,048,576 KB = 230  bytes
  • 1 Terabyte (TB) = 1024 GB = 1,048,576 MB = 240 bytes
  • 12 Mbps divided by 8 bits per byte is ~ 1.5MB per second or 90 MB per minute download. In the real world, this means a movie downloaded in about 15.92 minutes.
  • (1.4 GB)(1024 MB/GB)/ (90 MB/min).  With this new Roll-out, under ideal conditions, you might download at speeds of (225 Mbps / (8 bits/byte)) =                     28 MB / Second or 1.64 GB per minute.  About 1 non-HD movie per minute!

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