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    Every little but helps. This is especially good news for Verizon users in MInnesota, Ohio and Iowa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by @TheRealDanny View Post
    Every little but helps. This is especially good news for Verizon users in MInnesota, Ohio and Iowa.
    They'll be getting an additional 15x15 MHz in Chicago too, which would give them a MUCH needed boost from 70-80 MHz deployed to 100-110 MHz. They are STARVED there.

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    Is this really going to make any difference? Do all of Verizon’s towers already have radios and antennas that can use this spectrum? Can they just turn it on with a flip of a switch/software update?

    Are the majority of the handsets able to use this spectrum immediately? Or are baseband firmware updates / carrier updates required?

    The temporary authorization is only for like 60 days.

    Don’t most people have broadband at home?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JSchnee21 View Post
    Is this really going to make any difference? Do all of Verizon’s towers already have radios and antennas that can use this spectrum? Can they just turn it on with a flip of a switch/software update?

    Are the majority of the handsets able to use this spectrum immediately? Or are baseband firmware updates / carrier updates required?

    The temporary authorization is only for like 60 days.

    Don’t most people have broadband at home?
    If they are borrowing DISH's AWS spectrum, then Verizon won't need to add additional equipment. They already have AWS (band 4 & 66) equipment installed basically everywhere they operate, except in some rural areas. They probably just need to adjust software configs to support the additional blocks.

    Many recent devices have band 66 (AWS-3) support, which is what would likey be needed to get the most out of this. Verizon already uses band 66 in areas from previous spectrum acquisitions.

    As for whether or not this will make a difference: I doubt it will help much, unless they also remove or adjust deprioritization temporarily. I imagine a number of those who don't have fixed broadband have cellular plans with heavy deprioritization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haas_Dave View Post
    If they are borrowing DISH's AWS spectrum, then Verizon won't need to add additional equipment. They already have AWS (band 4 & 66) equipment installed basically everywhere they operate, except in some rural areas. They probably just need to adjust software configs to support the additional blocks.

    Many recent devices have band 66 (AWS-3) support, which is what would likey be needed to get the most out of this. Verizon already uses band 66 in areas from previous spectrum acquisitions.

    As for whether or not this will make a difference: I doubt it will help much, unless they also remove or adjust deprioritization temporarily. I imagine a number of those who don't have fixed broadband have cellular plans with heavy deprioritization.

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    Given Verizon’s spectrum position I think it will give a boost for sure. I’ve noticed a big difference on T-Mobile getting 20x20 for band 71. Peak speeds are 50-60 Mbps higher in some instances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checker79 View Post
    Given Verizon’s spectrum position I think it will give a boost for sure. I’ve noticed a big difference on T-Mobile getting 20x20 for band 71. Peak speeds are 50-60 Mbps higher in some instances.
    That difference is noticed only in the speedtests. In normal usage... it makes no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    That difference is noticed only in the speedtests. In normal usage... it makes no difference.
    Download an app or a file it sure makes a difference ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Checker79 View Post
    Download an app or a file it sure makes a difference ....
    So... 10 sec versus 25 sec. What can be that important?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoNic67 View Post
    So... 10 sec versus 25 sec. What can be that important?
    I’m sorry, are you triggered that the network has more capacity? What’s the issue ?

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    So they have aws-3 in nyc now?

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    No help in my area since Dish does not own any band 66 here.

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    Why did at&t get most of their airwaves? Verizon needs it more.

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