Commnet Wireless Wins LTE Deployment Contract in the Navajo Nation
Published on: 6th Apr 2010
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As part of a $32.1 million stimulus grant, Atlantic Tele Network subsidiary Commnet Wireless, will develop and operate a LTE network covering areas and residents of the Navajo Nation. Last month, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) awarded the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) a $32.1 million federal stimulus grant. The grant, along with partial matching funds, will provide broadband infrastructure access to the Navajo Nation across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
As part of the project, Commnet Wireless is partnering with NTUA to provide last mile services through the company's LTE network.
"We are excited to partner with NTUA and contribute our expertise in delivering affordable broadband wireless networks to underserved areas," said Lou Tomasetti, CEO of Commnet Wireless. "The telecom landscape in rural America has changed in dramatic fashion in the last few years, and Commnet has been proud to be part of those changes. The proliferation of internet and wireless technologies is vital for rural America to keep pace with the rest of the country on public safety, quality of life and economic development. We greatly appreciate the strong support that the grant project received from Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona and Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico; as well as Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and Representatives Ben Ray LujŠn of New Mexico, Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona and Jim Matheson of Utah."
The LTE project will provide fixed and mobile service to over 30,000 households (approximately 135,000 people) and 1,000 businesses in 15 of the largest communities in the Navajo Nation, including Window Rock, Shiprock, Kayenta, Chinle, and Tuba City. In addition, the project will provide high capacity connectivity on the combined middle-mile backbone to an additional 49 tribal communities.