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Mobile broadband plans of rural operators

23 ноября 2010

Now that the federal government has completed its process of giving out broadband stimulus awards, it's only fitting that we give some clarity to what has been awarded on the wireless side, as well as highlight the fact that some operators are introducing wireless broadband services without stimulus money.

Not surprisingly, WiMAX is set to become a dominant wireless broadband technology in rural America, but LTE may not be far behind as Verizon Wireless  is actively courting rural cellular operators to help it expand its LTE footprint. Below is a list of operators and their plans for rural America.  

Operator

Technology

Spectrum

Plan

Agri-Valley Communications

LTE

700 MHz

Contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to build LTE in rural Michigan.

Bluegrass Cellular

LTE

700 MHz

Will bring LTE to central Kentucky through 700 MHz leasing deal with Verizon Wireless.

Cellular Properties

HSPA+

Licensed cellular spectrum

Won broadband stimulus award to bring services to areas in Illinois

CenturyLink

LTE

700 MHz

In deployment as a fixed-line offering for 2010.

CommNet Wireless

LTE

-

Expected to launch services to the Navajo Nation across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah in 2011 thanks to broadband stimulus funding.

Convergence Technologies

WiMAX

-

Won broadband stimulus award to bring WiMAX to Indiana.

Crystal Broadband Networks

WiMAX

-

Won broadband stimulus award to bring WiMAX in Arkanasas.

DigitalBridge Communications

WiMAX

2.5GHz

Offers services in Idaho, South Dakota. Won broadband stimulus awards in Mississippi, Indiana, Idaho.

Hughs Network Systems

-

Satellite spectrum

Won broadband stimulus award to bring broadband to parts of rural America.

Open Range Communications

WiMAX

Globalstar's satellite spectrum

Rolling out services in 500 communities in 17 states. Globalstar has not met coverage requirements and Open Range has until Jan. 2011 to vacate the spectrum.

KeyOn Communications

WiMAX

3.65 GHz

Won broadband stimulus award to bring WiMAX to parts of Nevada.

Keystone Wireless

3G wireless

Licensed cellular spectrum

Won broadband stimulus award to bring 3G to central Pennsylvania.

South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority

-

700 MHz, 2.5 GHz

Rolling out TD-CDMA services in rural parts of Georgia. 

Sunman Telecommunications

WiMAX

700 MHz 

Won broadband stimulus award to bring WiMAX in Indiana.

Utopian Wireless 

WiMAX

2.5 GHz

Won broadband stimulus awards to bring WiMAX to parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia.

West Virginia PCS Alliance

EV-DO Rev. A

Licensed cellular spectrum

Won broadband stimulus award and leveraging the NTELOS PCS network to bring broadband into parts of Maryland.

WildBlue Communications

satellite

Satellite spectrum

WildBlue is using DirecTV and Dish Network satellite to bring to parts of the U.S. through broadband stimulus award

Sources: 4G Americas, government web sites, WiMAX Forum



 

 

Источник: FierceWireless

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