Bluegrass Cellular Launches LTE on Verizon's Spectrum
Bluegrass Cellular today announced the launch of its LTE 4G network. Bluegrass cellular is a member of Verizon Wireless's LTE in Rural America program. It built an LTE 4G network using its own telecommunications equipment but on Verizon's 700MHz spectrum. Verizon offered its rural 700MHz spectrum holdings to regional carriers in an effort to help speed up the deployment of LTE 4G. Bluegrass Cellular's initial LTE launch footprint covers 338,000 POPs in 20 towns across five counties. Some of the larger markets include Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Glasgow, Radcliff, Bardstown, and Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Bluegrass Cellular expects to expand its LTE footprint in 2013.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
T-Mobile Leasing Spectrum In Effort to Expand LTE Coverage
T-Mobile recently confirmed that it has leased some spectrum licenses to other carriers in order to help expand its LTE 4G coverage. "We're always exploring opportunities to enhance America's fastest 4G LTE network," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to FierceWireless.
T-Mobile Starts Deploying LTE On Its 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today offered some details about its LTE network. To start, it has expanded its LTE service footprint to cover 260 million POPs — an increase of 10 million POPs over the last two months.
Verizon Finalizes Purchase of Golden State Cellular
Verizon Wireless today said it has completed its purchase of Golden State Cellular. The sale includes spectrum licenses and operating assets covering about 160,000 POPs across 6,000 square miles in Yosemite National Park, as well as Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa counties.