Ericsson inks LTE rollout deals with eight rural cellcos in US, Guam

9 May 2012

Swedish telecoms equipment vendor Ericsson has announced a series of deals to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for a number of small-scale rural mobile operators in parts of the US and also Guam, an unincorporated US territory located in the western Pacific Ocean. Ericsson lists the companies as follows: Kentucky-based Appalachian Wireless (which will deploy LTE across the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Kentucky); Agri-Valley Communications (70% of Michigan across the Lower and Upper Peninsula of the state); Bluegrass Cellular (the central portion of Kentucky); Enhanced Telecommunications Corp. (Indiana); Globecomm (New York); South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority (south-east Georgia); VTel Wireless (rural Vermont) and IT&E (also known as Micronesian Telecommunications Corporation [MTC]) which covers Guam.

Steven K Berry, president and CEO of the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) commented: ‘Ericsson has been a great partner for rural and regional carriers, and I am delighted that Ericsson has again assisted eight carriers in deploying LTE networks. Our members need solutions to find pathways to 4G/LTE services, and thanks to the innovative work from companies like Ericsson, competitive carriers can achieve this important goal.’