Mike Haberman, Verizon’s vice president of network support, is speaking out today on Verizon’s plans for its LTE network throughout 2015. According to Haberman, 2015 is going to be a big year for Verizon. Next year Verizon is planning changes and improvements to VoLTE, MIMO and spectrum refarming, and will introduce carrier aggregation.
Verizon will essentially be improving speeds and coverage in every way possible next year. The first big change Verizon is implementing is carrier aggregation. Carrier aggregation, “is the most well-known and widely used technique of the LTE Advanced standard, bonds together disparate bands of spectrum to create wider channels and produce more capacity and faster speeds.” Carrier aggregation is currently being tested on Verizon, and some phones available through the carrier would theoretically already work. We’re sure to hear much more on carrier aggregation as a consumer rollout starts advancing next year.
Carrier aggregation isn’t the only thing Verizon will be working on to improve its network next year. Haberman has said Verizon will continue to work on refarming its PCS spectrum to LTE, Voice over LTE will continue to expand and products supporting 4×4 MIMO will be released meaning better uplink and better coverage for consumers.
From the sounds of it, Verizon wants to make it clear it is leading the LTE Advanced charge in the US. Other carriers aren’t just sitting idly by however, we should see significant enhancements and breakthroughs from all major carriers in the US next year.