Cellular One Joins Verizon's Rural LTE Initiative
Cellular One today announced that it plans to participate in Verizon Wireless's LTE in Rural America program. Under the terms of the agreement, Cellular One will lease access to Verizon's 700MHz spectrum in parts of Angelina, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Sabine, and San Augustine Counties in Texas. It will then use its own telecommunications equipment to build out an LTE 4G network in those markets for its customers. Cellular One did not say when it expects to offer the LTE service. Verizon Wireless has signed up more than a dozen such partners across the U.S. in order to offer LTE to rural populations.
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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.
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.
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.
Like all wireless companies, Verizon has coverage partners. Lets use Bluegrass as an example. Verizon coverage in large parts of Kentucky is provided by Bluegrass. Bluegrass may have their own spectrum, use Verizons, or often some of both, but Bluegrass runs the network and has their own customers under their own brand as well. Verizon customers use Bluegrass' network and never know the difference. Bluegrass customers roam on Verizon and never know the difference
Spectrum is licensed to carriers in very large swaths of area in rural areas. It is often not possible t...
While the benefits appear jubilant, I fear of massive takeover by Verizon down the road.
How convenient to have the little guys build and then Verizon ambushes with a purchase once the smaller can no longer sustain the cost of leasing.