Rural wireless operator Nex-Tech Wireless has announced plans to begin rolling out a 4G LTE network across its Midwest footprint by the end of the year. The deployment will use equipment from Swedish vendor Ericsson and leverage the carrier’s current 1900MHz spectrum holdings. According to RCR Wireless the initial rollout will cover the cities of Hays, Great Bend and Salina (all Kansas). Nex-Tech, which is a subsidiary of Rural Telephone, Golden Belt Telephone and Mutual Telephone, currently provides CDMA-based services across 43 counties in Kansas and four counties in Colorado. Jeff Kisner, director of network operations, commented: ‘Our network strategy has always been to provide the same technology that is offered in metropolitan areas to the residents of rural Kansas. The LTE network will provide a robust experience for our customers’.