Texas-based Nextlink Internet – which acquired more than 1,000 licences in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of 3.5GHz spectrum – has enlisted Finnish vendor Nokia to deploy a fixed-wireless LTE solution covering eleven states. Nextlink and Nokia say they are currently deploying up to 25 new towers a month to support subscriber growth, and the two parties will retrofit existing towers with Nokia equipment. The vendor will be deploying its Airscale 4G LTE RAN solution.
AMG Technology Investment Group, which does business as Nextlink, invested USD28.4 million to win a total of 1,072 Priority Access Licences (PALs) covering 491 counties in eleven states. AMG was ranked third in the number of licences won and ninth in terms of invested capital. The states covered by the concessions are: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
Nextlink, which launched in 2012, claims to be the sixth largest fixed wireless provider in the US, serving more than 50,000 residential/business customers. The telco currently provides internet and voice services throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Last month Nextlink announced it has acquired Xtreamair, an ISP operating in western Iowa and headquartered in Cushing, Iowa. It said the deal represents the next part of its expansion of broadband and voice services in small towns and rural markets across the central US. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.