Verizon rolls out XLTE technology across state


Verizon Wireless has deployed its newest network technology, known as XLTE, across Miami and other major Florida markets to increase 4G LTE network capacity and enhance services for customers.

XLTE cell sites have already been activated since the start of 2014 in downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, Midtown and the Design District, Miami International Airport and other locations, with hundreds more scheduled to be complete by the end of the year in other parts of South Florida and across the state, the company said.

XLTE utilizes Verizon’s AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, which allows Verizon to at a minimum double the capacity over its high-speed 4G LTE network.  This means more customers in high-traffic locations can access the company’s most advanced technology at the same time to send photos, download videos, surf the Internet and use other popular applications on their smartphones, tablets and other devices during times of peak usage, said Mariano Legaz, Florida region president.

XLTE technology enhances wireless network performance in settings with a concentrated group of high-data demand customers, such as densely-populated areas, rush hours, concert venues, sports arenas, stadiums and theme parks. An indoor system has already been installed at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Launched in December 2010, Verizon 4G LTE technology comprises 100 percent of the company’s network footprint in Florida, which covers 99.8 percent of the state’s population. The company operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, covering 303 million people.

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