Navajo Nation explores 4G with DragonWave

10 Mar 2010

Canadian equipment supplier DragonWave has announced that it has been contracted by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) to deploy a commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) field test across parts of the Navajo Nation. The NTUA is currently seeking funding to the tune of USD46 million to accommodate the deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure and LTE across the reservation, the largest Native American jurisdiction in the US, including a 530 mile fibre rollout and the installation of 57 LTE base stations, providing coverage of 15,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation. DragonWave is installing the pilot project near Fort Defiance, Arizona, providing its Horizon Quantum backhaul solution to support the 700MHz network. Walter Haase, general manager of NTUA, said: ‘The network is designed to enable unprecedented applications such as broadband internet access, distance learning and telemedicine that will certainly benefit people here on the Navajo Nation. Using microwaves to tie remote sites to the fibre for 4G technologies is an integral enabler of our overall strategy to meet and exceed expectations.’

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