CenturyTel to use LTE to offer fixed broadband access

23 Feb 2009

The US fixed line operator CenturyTel says it plans to use Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G wireless technology to offer high speed internet connections to customers in outlying rural areas. The firm, which is currently finalising its proposed merger with rival operator Embarq, says LTE networks will be deployed over limited areas this year, though the wider rollout will not begin until 2010. CenturyTel holds a number of licences for 700MHz spectrum, covering more than half of its current wireline service area. A number of US cellular operators have said they will deploy LTE networks to augment their existing wireless systems, while other telcos have turned to WiMAX technology to offer both fixed and mobile broadband internet services.

United States, Lumen Technologies (incl. CenturyLink)