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 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.
US Cellular to Boost LTE Footprint with 600 More Sites
U.S. Cellular recently talked about plans to expand the availability of its LTE 4G network from 94% of customers today to 98% of customers by the end of the year.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.