Verizon boosts 4G LTE to 50 Mbps

Verizon has claimed that its 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network field trials achieved peak download speeds of 40 to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload rates of 20 to 25 Mbps.

“[However, our] engineers report LTE average data rates of 5-12 Mbps on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world environments. [We have] been testing [our] forthcoming 4G LTE network in both Boston and Seattle since August,” said Verizon spokesperson Tony Melone.

“Successful data calls involved streaming video; file uploads and downloads, and Web browsing, as well as calls with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable voice transmissions over the LTE network.”

Melone noted that Verizon remained “on track” to deliver an “outstanding” wireless data experience to 100 million people by the year’s end.

“Verizon Wireless is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the US as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure,” he added.