4G LTE technology is at the core of innovation.
Higher data rates and lower latency.

Reliable Coverage

Verizon 4G LTE operates in the 700 MHz spectrum, which has superior propagation than higher frequency wireless deployments from other carriers, ensuring a consistent high-quality experience for Verizon 4G LTE subscribers and connected devices.

Higher Data Rates and Lower Latency

LTE supports lower latency and faster download and upload rates than existing 3G technology. This enables people and machines to communicate in new and innovative ways, whenever and wherever they may be. The improved response time supports real-time applications and contributes to a better user experience overall.

Higher data rates and lower latency.
Greater simultaneous use support.


LTE provides security through strong mutual authentication, user identity confidentiality, integrity protection, and optional multilevel bearer data encryption—along with other security enhancements.

Better multipath mobility and power performance.

Better Multipath Mobility

Improving multipath delay spread, or the time it takes for information to travel from one device to the next, is a major benefit of LTE. The LTE network gives users better coverage, plus the ability to send and receive larger files faster.

Strong security.

Greater Simultaneous Use Support

Unlike 3G, which is limited to servicing one user in any given time slot, LTE can service up to 50, providing a better always-on experience and enabling proliferation of embedded wireless applications and systems.

Ready to bring 4G LTE to your device or application?



Verizon's rapidly growing XLTE network delivers
faster peak data speeds and double the bandwidth in
high traffic areas where AWS spectrum has been
activated. Learn how XLTE wireless technology
enables greater opportunities for revolutionary new
and innovative wireless solutions in energy manage-
ment, healthcare and other industries.

New Innovations: XLTE

LTE's Technical Specifications and Attributes



SCALABLE compatible with 3G networks

Flat all-IP architecture for performance & efficiency

Efficiency (OFDM/OFDMA in the download)

  • Spectral efficiency (2–5 times, Rel.6)
  • Resistant to multi-path interference

MIMO antennas

  • Doubles the throughput
  • Deployment simplicity


  • Low peak-to-average ratio
  • Long mobile battery life
  • Large cell coverage

Collaborative MIMO (multi-user or virtual)

  • Simplifies mobile implementation
  • Increases upload capacity

Scalable spectrum allocation

(1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20 MHz)

  • Great for in-band deployment

Mobility with 3GPP and non-3GPP access

  • Smooth network migration to LTE and beyond

Global roaming with other 3GPP networks

High-performance network

  • Efficient IP routing reduces latency
  • Increased throughput
  • Fast state transition time (enhanced always-on)
  • Less than 50 ms transition from dormant to active
Higher data rates and lower latency.

Supercharging YOur Network with 5G

5G is coming, bringing speeds over 50 times faster than 4G LTE. We’re setting the stage for the next evolution in wireless networking, from ultra-high definition video streaming to smartphones to download speeds measured in gigabits per second to apps that could only be conceived of a few years ago. We’re helping innovators prepare for even greater innovation for a connected world.


5G will combine existing technologies with next-generation radio access advances, delivering greater connectivity for M2M services and connecting billions more devices to the burgeoning Internet of Things. In short, 5G opens limitless opportunities for innovation. Latency will decrease, speed will increase, capacity will increase – and all will deliver a new, highly robust customer experience with improvements in the cost to serve each bit to the customer.

Higher data rates and lower latency.
Higher data rates and lower latency.


In the near future, billions of data-hungry devices will be connecting to the internet, with many connections being made by mobile devices. Verizon is setting the stage for 5G by studying issues such as the frequencies 5G networks will run on, the infrastructure needed to maintain a super high-speed network with massive scale, and identifying future bandwidth standards. As these requirements are defined, we will continue to take a leadership role in creating intelligent, fast and ultra-high-speed networks to meet consumer’s evolving needs.

Greater simultaneous use support.


Verizon has 4G leadership position with over 90% of its LTE traffic on 4G LTE. Verizon has set aggressive timelines for specific 5G use cases and has a road map to use with 5G, similar to what was done with 4G. Verizon’s 5G sandbox will be established in the innovation centers by the end of 2015.

Better multipath mobility and power performance.

Partnering with Industry Leaders

Verizon has an established 5G Technology Forum with key leaders/partners in the industry: Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm as well as several East and West Coast venture capitalists. The collective companies represent billions of dollars in R&D investment and are the innovative leaders collaborating to develop the 5G standards.

Strong security.

Creating a Fully Connected World

5G is the next major leap in telecommunications technology standards expected to offer up to 1,000 times the capacity of 4G with five times reduction in end-to-end latency. 5G will make it possible to move closer to our vision of a fully connected world, with wireless communication among the Internet of Things leveraging today's technologies and networks and integrating new capabilities, including millimeter-wave spectrum frequencies.

Higher data rates and lower latency.

What is Software-Defined Networking?

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach to designing, building and managing communications networks. SDN decouples the decision-making systems that route traffic (the control plane) from the system that forwards the traffic to the intended destination (the data plane).

SDN enables network programmability leveraging a centralized controller and orchestrator to program network flows. This centralized network control drives a number of key benefits, including:

  • Elastic, scalable, network-wide service creation and near real-time service delivery.
  • Operational agility via dynamic resource allocation and management, and automation of network operations.

What is Verizon Doing To Implement SDN?

Verizon is working closely with a number of its key technology partners - Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks, to transform our network by implementing an SDN architecture and laying the groundwork for new innovative services and applications.

Our initial work will be focused on separating proprietary hardware / software bundles into more flexible, agile solutions that independently scale with the needs of the business and our customers.

End-to-end Verizon architecture and associated API documents will accompany all new platform and service offerings.

Higher data rates and lower latency.
Greater simultaneous use support.


SDN is poised to deliver all the speed and operational efficiencies you need to meet today’s rapidly evolving needs. Intelligent, next-generation networks lay the foundation for our customers to enjoy new rapidly developed and deployed services and applications, and to adapt to the ever-changing needs of complex business environments – now and over the next decade and beyond.

Better multipath mobility and power performance.

New Services and Applications

An agile, automated and accelerated SDN-enabled network architecture allows Verizon to introduce new operational efficiencies and enable rapid and flexible service delivery to our customers. For our customers, it means being able to introduce new and innovative services and applications.

Strong security.

Lab Environments Currently Available

Much of the foundational work required to deliver on our next-generation network has been underway for several years. We are already testing our vision in live lab environments in San Jose, California; Tampa, Florida; and Waltham, Massachusetts, and commercial data center environments on both the East and West coasts.


  • As new technologies evolve and converge, Verizon is focused on the convergence of hardware and software technologies, cloud computing and the new agile environment of IT development and web applications.

    With that focus in mind, Verizon is sharing with the industry a detailed end-to-end SDN-NFV network architecture plan. Verizon's plan, coauthored with Cisco, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Intel, Nokia, Red Hat and Samsung Electronics America Co., takes an in-depth look at aspects of carrier network operations within the context of SDN/NFV.

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Forward-looking service providers like Verizon are transforming their businesses and architectures to innovate faster and compete effectively in a highly dynamic market. Cloud, virtualization, software-defined networking, and orchestration are key ingredients to achieving speed, simplicity and growth. We are pleased to partner with Verizon in this key initiative.

Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President, Service Provider Products and Solutions

SDN and NFV are fundamental technologies needed for the network evolution that is driving the Networked Society. We are working with Verizon on achieving technology leadership in these areas to enable fast service introduction and market innovation. This work is done in true collaboration between our companies, providing a path to fast and effective implementation in the carrier networks.

Erik Ekudden, Head of Group Technology Strategy

This multi-company effort Verizon initiated to explore the application of SDN and NFV technologies and architectures fills a gap in existing engagements between vendors and CSPs. By focusing on the real-world issues and constraints faced by a specific carrier, the group was able to adapt general industry architectures and approaches. The document describes key architectural requirements from the carrier perspective and identifies areas that need more attention. The publishing of this information has initiated a collaborative approach to resolve open issues and work on unaddressed areas, which HPE looks forward to play an active role in.

Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Collaborating with industry leaders on initiatives such as Verizon’s SDN/NFV network architecture plan is foundational to Intel's strategy to transform the network. With the Intel® Open Network Platform, Intel contributes reference architectures, benchmarking, and proofs of concept for industry collaboration and deployment that help service providers accelerate the transformation of their networks.

John Healy, General Manager, Software Defined Networking Division

Virtualization and SDN technologies will provide the smarter, faster, more agile network that Verizon needs to meet the human need for seemingly infinite capacity and scale of communication and connection to all people, processes and things. As a key technology partner, we will provide advanced cloud-based solutions and technologies that are optimized to deliver ultra-high performance services that automatically adapt to dynamically shifting demands and provide the capacity, latency and reliability each service demands. Nokia is proud to be helping Verizon build this next-generation network that will create the digital fabric of the future and support the digitization, connection and automation of everything and everyone.

Marcus Weldon, President, Bell Labs and CTO

With its open NFV architecture, Verizon is building a next-generation, automated, software-defined network based on open source solutions, including OpenStack, giving them the ability to build a network that changes at the pace of software, not at the pace of hardware, said. We are thrilled to collaborate with Verizon on its SDN-NFV network architecture plan, which includes both Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage at the core of its open and highly scalable next-generation infrastructure.

Darrell Jordan-Smith, Worldwide Vice President, Information and Communications and Technology
Red Hat

We believe that NFV/SDN will be one of the key technologies for the 5G networks of the future, enabling flexible, speedy rollouts of new revenue generating services at optimum cost. Samsung’s Networks division is actively working with key operators worldwide such as Verizon to define and implement NFV/SDN core network solutions. This report provides a strong foundation from which the industry can continue to build.

Magnus Ojert, Vice President of Networks
Samsung Electronics America

Over the past few years, the industry has poured many hours and resources into research and development on SDN, NFV and the associated orchestration. By providing our in-depth perspective, Verizon hopes to take the carrier's view of SDN and NFV to the next level. We're sharing this document because we believe transparency and collaboration are at the core of a unified SDN/NFV vision that can meld the diverse interests, perspectives and motivations of the industry into a cohesive strategy.

Brian Higgins, Vice President of Network Planning