Pioneer Wireless Successfully Tests LTE, Preps for Launch
Pioneer Wireless, a rural wireless provider in Oklahoma, today announced that it has successfully completed the first tests of its Long Term Evolution 4G network using Verizon Wireless's 700MHz spectrum. Pioneer is part of the Rural America program, in which Verizon is allowing rural providers to use its 700MHz spectrum to build their own LTE network. Pioneer has spent the last year building out its LTE network with towers, base stations, and backhaul, and is now conducting filed tests to determine speeds and reliability ahead of launch. Pioneer expects to kick off the network next spring. Pioneer’s 4G LTE network will cover more than 260,000 POPs in 21 counties across 17,000 miles of central and western Oklahoma. Thirteen other rural providers have similarly leased Verizon's LTE spectrum and are preparing to launch their own LTE networks, which will cover 2.6 million people in rural communities across 10 states.
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