Agri-Valley Broadband Inc (AVBI), a subsidiary of rural internet service provider Agri-Valley Communications, has announced it is deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in rural areas of Michigan. It claims to be the first company to select LTE as the platform for a rural broadband wireless network utilising 700MHz spectrum in the US. Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has been contracted to provide infrastructure including core and radio elements as well as network management and related services, ‘We will complement our current wireline, fixed and wireless CDMA services with LTE to provide the best broadband for our existing and new subscribers,’ said Edwin H. Eichler, President and CEO, Agri-Valley Communications. The company says it expects to cover 40 counties in the northern Lower Peninsula and eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. TeleGeography’s 4G research services reports NSN previously participated in AVBI’s LTE vendor trials alongside Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson in May-July this year.