Speaking during the ‘Fierce Wireless Executive Panel on 5G’ at the Competitive Carriers Association’s Mobile Carriers Show in Tampa, Florida last week, Appalachian Wireless CEO Allen Gillum disclosed that the regional cellco plans to start its 5G rollout this year. The operator will initially deploy 5G using its low-band spectrum and the deployment will ‘mirror’ its LTE footprint. The company noted that it also has mid-band and millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum that it plans to use for 5G.
TeleGeography notes that East Kentucky Network – as the company is legally known – acquired 5G-suitable licences in both Auction 107 (3.7GHz) and Auction 110 (3.45GHz), paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) around USD11.8 million for the frequencies. According to its website, Appalachian Wireless has disclosed plans to turn off its 3G network by 31 December 2022.