Shentel plots 3.5GHz fixed-wireless rollout

2 Oct 2020

Regional US operator Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) – which is in the midst of negotiations to sell its mobile business to T-Mobile US – has revealed plans to shift its focus towards the deployment of a new fixed-wireless broadband solution. Shentel has confirmed that it successfully acquired 262 Priority Access Licences (PALs) in 74 counties in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 105 spectrum sale. Shentel paid USD16 million for the 3.5GHz concessions, which cover Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The new fixed-wireless product suite will be called ‘Beam’ and offer download speeds of up to 100Mbps. (Note: the service will initially utilise 2.5GHz spectrum, until the 3.5GHz licences are freed for use.) Aside from its mobile network, Shentel also offers fixed broadband access via fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and DOCSIS 3.1 cable platforms.

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