6 More Regionals Join Verizon's Rural LTE Initiative
Verizon Wireless today announced that six more regional, rural wireless providers have joined its Long Term Evolution Rural America initiative. The six carriers include Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Cross Wireless, Pioneer Cellular, Strata Networks and Thumb Wireless, which are located in portions of Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin and Utah. These companies have agreed to build-out LTE networks in their regions using Verizon Wireless's 700MHz spectrum. In total, they cover about 1.8 million people over 58,000 square miles.
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T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub
T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes.
T-Mobile's LTE Network Covers 300 Million People
T-Mobile said its LTE 4G network now reaches 300 million Americans, a significant milestone for the Uncarrier. The company says it is ahead of schedule, and will add coverage to one million square miles this year.
T-Mobile Trying to Block AT&T's 700 MHz Purchase
T-Mobile has filed a petition with the FCC in an attempt to prevent AT&T from purchasing select 700 MHz spectrum licenses. AT&T filed a request to transfer the licenses, which cover portions of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia, last month.
T-Mobile Settles FCC's Rural Dropped-Call Complaint for $40M
T-Mobile today agreed to pay the FCC a fine of $40 million to settle two separate violations. First, the FCC concluded that T-Mobile failed to connect calls to customers served by three rural phone companies in Wisconsin.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
Well, So Much For The Little Giants.