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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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.
FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls
The FCC today said it has fined Verizon $5 million for failing to investigate claims of low call connection rates in rural areas. According to the FCC, Verizon didn't look into consumer complaints over an eight month period in 2013 regarding failed wireless and wired calls in 26 rural regions.
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.
Well, So Much For The Little Giants.