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Steve Berry
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Steve Berry,
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10/30/2013 | 11:42:09 AM
Re: LTE in rural areas
That is an excellent question, thanks for bringing it up.  Many smaller rural and regional carriers know the importance of building out 4G LTE services in their areas, and they are doing many innovative things to bring these important services to their customers.  The key to survival for smaller competitive carriers lies in their ability to move to next generation technologies.  All carriers are building out 4G LTE now or are trying to do so, but they need help. 

For example – the recent announcement of an industry solution for interoperability.  Within hours of the announcement, several carriers began implementing plans to build out high speed broadband.  Smaller and regional companies like C Spire Wireless will now be able to provide coverage for over 2.5 million people in the state of Mississippi.  This is extremely significant and beneficial for consumers!

Competitive carriers need access to devices, fair and reasonable roaming arrangements, and they need more spectrum.  If policymakers do not ensure that smaller rural and regional carriers have access to these critical inputs, it will be a tough 'road to hoe'.  This is why the upcoming incentive auctions are so critically important and why CCA is involved every step of the way to ensure our members can survive and thrive in the industry.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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10/29/2013 | 9:58:43 AM
Re: LTE in rural areas
How are things like faster backhaul going to be addressed in this situation?

 

Would we see the CCA carriers partnering with the bigger players to provide that?
Kevin Mitchell
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Kevin Mitchell,
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10/29/2013 | 9:33:46 AM
LTE for fixed
LTE is also being used to address the fixed broadband needs of homes and businesses, where DSL or cable is inadequate or non-existent.

In part, because the mobile ecosystem is underdeveloped in some band classes and also because there is a real need for fast broadband in rural areas. These CCA mobile operators are in those communities with assets and LTE spectrum to serve that subscriber demand. This also allows them to participate in the nearly $80B fixed voice market via service bundles. More on that in these blog posts:

http://www.alianza.com/look-to-the-cloud-voice-solution-for-fixed-lte/

http://www.alianza.com/band-class-12-go-beyond-broadband/
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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10/29/2013 | 9:27:30 AM
LTE in rural areas
Thank you for the post, Steve! At first I was surprised to hear the high number of smartphone usage in rural areas, but it makes sense given your analogy to developing markets where consumers are wireless only.

Where are most rural wireless operators at in rolling out LTE? Have they begun, or are they stymied by a lack of roaming agreements and spectrum? I'd be curious to hear if there are any stand-out examples of operators bringing LTE to rural areas and having a lot of success.


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