After teasing back in May that its AWS 4G LTE service would begin rolling out "in the coming months," Verizon confirmed today that it has begun deploying LTE using its AWS airwaves. Verizon spokesperson Tom Pica has told FierceWireless that the AWS LTE service is going live in "key markets," but he declined to say exactly where the network is live or how quickly Verizon will add more AWS LTE coverage. Pica's full statement:
"As our customers' wireless data usage continues to grow, AWS spectrum is being deployed to ensure the continued consistent reliability and capacity of our 4G LTE network. Verizon Wireless has begun activating 4G LTE service on its AWS spectrum in many of our major markets across the US. A limited number of devices are AWS capable at this time. We plan to push a software upgrade to other AWS-capable devices in the near future."
Verizon said earlier this year that its versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Nokia Lumia 928, BlackBerry Q10 and select other devices would be updated to support the AWS LTE service. As for the airwaves themselves, the deployment of 4G LTE on AWS is exciting news for Verizon customers, as it means that customers in the activated areas should begin to see improved coverage and speedier downloads. While it's kind of a bummer that Verizon isn't spilling the details on exactly where its AWS LTE service is going live, at least we know that it's finally in the process of rolling out.