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.
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 Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
U.S. Cellular Says LTE Buildout Largely Complete
U.S. Cellular has finished building its LTE network, said the company, which now provides LTE coverage to 99% of its customers.