Plateau Wireless Acquisition Gives Verizon Roswell, N. Mexico
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has completed its acquisition of a small, regional network operator called Plateau Wireless. Plateau operates a GSM-based network in Eddy, Chaves, Lea, Otero, and Lincoln counties in New Mexico, which include cities such as Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia and Hobbs. The transaction gives Verizon Wireless PCS and AWS spectrum licenses in addition to Plateau's GSM wireless network. According to Verizon, the licenses cover 259,000 POPs across 26,100 square miles. Verizon plans to cease Plateau's GSM operations and refarm the PCS spectrum for its own CDMA-based voice and data services. Verizon will use Plateau's AWS spectrum to supplement its own LTE 4G network in that region. Verizon expects the network transition to be completed at some point during 2013. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Verizon Sees No More Big Spectrum Grabs In Its Future
Verizon today said it doesn't believe it will need to make any more large spectrum acquisitions following the results of the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. Verizon netted 181 spectrum licenses at a cost of $10.4 billion.
Verizon Eying December 2019 to Shutter CDMA 1x Network
Verizon Wireless says it is aiming to wind down its 2G CDMA 1x network by the end of December 2019. Approximately 92% of Verizon's wireless traffic travels over LTE now.
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Verizon's 1900 MHz Spectrum In NYC Now Entirely LTE
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