Leap Wireless International plans to expand the projected coverage offered by its in-deployment Long Term Evolution (LTE) network from 20-25 million people by the end of this year, to 60-65 million by late-2013/early-2014, Fierce Wireless reports. Speaking at the 40th annual JP Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CEO Doug Hutcheson said that the cellco is on track with its rollout schedule, adding that it has no plans to reduce the capital expenditure previously earmarked for LTE. In addition, he confirmed that Leap plans to introduce two LTE-suitable devices in 4Q12.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Leap inaugurated its 4G network in Tucson, Arizona in December 2011. In March this year the company signed a five-year wholesale agreement with WiMAX-turned-LTE operator Clearwire that will allow Leap to buy capacity the other firm’s forthcoming TD-LTE network, which is expected to go live by June 2013.