It looks like repurposing its 3G airwaves for its 4G service isn’t the only thing that Verizon is doing to improve its LTE network.
Verizon has confirmed that it is currently testing carrier aggregation, an LTE-Advanced feature that bonds different spectrum bands together to create wider channels, which can bring more network capacity and faster speeds. Verizon says that it plans to launch carrier aggregation on its 700MHz and PCS airwaves in 2015.
Verizon plans to roll out other LTE-Advanced network enhancements as well, including enhanced inter-cell interference coordination, which will let Verizon’s small cells and larger macrocells talk to one another.
Finally, Verizon said that it’s repurposing its 3G network for its 4G service in several markets outside of New York City, including Cleveland and approximately 10 others.
Verizon’s LTE network passed the 500 market milestone way back in mid-2013, and at the time, Ol’ Red said that its LTE rollout was “substantially complete.” It’s nice to see that Verizon hasn’t been taking it easy in regard to its 4G network since, and has been working to expand its capacity and improve speeds with things like its XLTE service.