Originally Posted by dagamer34
I'd also be very careful with people who blindly recommend Verizon. When you look at their spectrum assets, they only have 10Mhz of LTE currently supporting all of their customers...
Most of what you just said is true, and I agree with you about the Verizon LTE network loading up quickly as more and more VZW customers carry LTE smartphones. However, what you stated above is simply incorrect
Verizon is deploying LTE on the 700 MHz "C-block" license, which covers the 48 contiguous United States. The C-block has 22 MHz of total bandwidth, but it breaks down the middle; the C-block has two frequency ranges that are 11 MHz apiece. This allows them to build what's called a 10x10 LTE network (10 MHz uplink, 10 MHz downlink) throughout the "lower 48." (With 1x1 left over for... Profit?)
AT&T failed to acquire a single license for the lower 48, so they need to piece together local and regional licenses. They have 20+ MHz in some areas, just like Verizon, but in other areas (like Chicago
), they only have 10 MHz, so they can only build a 5x5 LTE network.