Texan Network Switches from WiMAX to LTE for Rural Coverage
Published on: 15th Feb 2012
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USA based Peoples Telephone Cooperative has started offering LTE services in rural Texas as part of an agreement with the NetAmerica Alliance.
As a first step, Peoples replaced its fixed WiMAX service with LTE running on their 700MHz license. They are using the NetAmerica Alliance's UniPort Home Gateway which offers both wired Ethernet and Wi-Fi within the home while connecting over broadband wireless to Peoples' newly deployed LTE network. Access to customer premise devices such as the UniPort came through the technology partnership with Ericsson which NetAmerica announced last spring.
The initial turn-up of service moved over 200 residential users from WiMax to LTE in eastern Texas.
"We needed to move from WiMax to 4G LTE in order to improve our service offering and to give us a path to the future," said Steven Steele, Assistant General Manager at Peoples Telephone Cooperative. "Early on we made the decision that 4G LTE was key to the future of our company and more importantly to the lives of the people we serve. We also believed that the deployment and delivery of that service is something we could do more cost effectively as part of a larger group of communications companies and joining the Alliance has certainly proven that to be correct."
NetAmerica Alliance is an alliance of independent carriers who have joined forces to build-out 4G LTE service in the carriers' license coverage areas. Through the Alliance, members gain collective strength and cost advantages comparable to that of large carriers.