Sprint Expands LTE Roaming with Carriers Covering a Population of Over 34 Million
Published on: 17th Jun 2014
USA based Sprint says that it has reached 4G LTE agreements with 12 rural and regional network carriers, expanding its own rural roaming coverage.
Along with Sprint's previously announced amended agreement with nTelos to extend their Strategic Network Alliance through 2022, the Rural Roaming Preferred Program -- which was developed in conjunction with CCA -- now extends coverage to 23 states, over 352,000 thousand square miles and a population of over 34 million people.
In addition to reducing roaming costs for carriers, the Rural Roaming Preferred Program works to broaden Sprint's coverage footprint by giving its customers the ability to roam on regional and rural carriers' networks.
As part of the program, Sprint is also working with CCA and rural carriers to pursue participation in the Sprint device and infrastructure ecosystem to help them reduce network build costs and gain earlier access to the latest devices at lower prices through increased scale.
The announcement highlights agreements with 12 new carriers:
- SouthernLINC Wireless, covering 127,000 square miles and 18 million people in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida
- nTelos, covering 66,000 square miles and 6.1 million people in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky (previously announced)
- C Spire Wireless, covering over 61,700 square miles and approximately 5.5 million people in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee
- Nex-Tech Wireless, covering 35,000 square miles and 286,000 people in Kansas and Colorado
- Flat Wireless, covering over 29,000 square miles and 2.1 million people in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona
- SI Wireless dba MobileNation, covering 10,000 square miles and 830,000 people in Tennessee and Kentucky
- Inland Cellular, covering 9,000 square miles and 297,000 people in Idaho and Washington
- Illinois Valley Cellular, covering 5,500 square miles and 250,000 people in Illinois
- Carolina West Wireless, covering 3,100 square miles and 585,500 people in North Carolina
- James Valley Telecommunications, covering 4,000 square miles and 45,000 people in South Dakota
- VTel Wireless, covering 791 square miles and 60,450 people in Vermont
- Phoenix Wireless, covering 800 square miles and 17,000 people in Maine
"These agreements demonstrate Sprint's commitment to provide better coverage, a faster network and a wider selection of lower-cost wireless devices to all customers, regardless of where they live," said Michael C. Schwartz, Sprint senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development. "Through unique and flexible deals with carriers like C Spire and nTelos we are providing an enhanced 4G LTE experience for Sprint customers and increasing wireless choice and competition across rural America."