Verizon Wireless - LTE in 2013


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LTE POPs coverage as of Aug. 1: 301 million POPs

% of subscribers on LTE: More than 28 million devices, as of end of the first quarter. Verizon did not provide a subscriber breakout. Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo did say on an investor call Aug. 13 that one-third of all accounts are on LTE. Verizon had 35 million postpaid accounts as of the end of the second quarter, which would equate to 11.65 million LTE accounts.

% of network data traffic on LTE: 59 percent

Number of LTE devices available: 36 LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and Jetpack modems.

Small cells deployed as of Aug. 1/small cell plans: "Small cell technology for us is an LTE-only technology, so soon as we can obtain that equipment from our supplier this year, we will begin deploying them," Verizon spokesman Tom Pica said. "We will deploy them in a variety of different configurations, but small cells are just one tool in the toolbox to adjust the capacity demands of our customers. We have made no announcements about small cell deployments."

Carrier aggregation/LTE Advanced plans: "LTE Advanced is really a set of enhancements that can be added to the LTE network," Pica said. "You will see us leading in the LTE Advanced space. However, we will deploy the various features of LTE Advanced, like carrier aggregation, where we need it, when we need it. You will see us strategically applying the specific features where and when our customers need it."

Main LTE infrastructure vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson

2013 capital expenditures: Expected to be $16.4 billion to $16.6 billion (though not all will be for wireless; in the first half of 2013, Verizon Communications spent $7.6 billion on capex, of which $4.3 billion was for wireless.)