Sunday, March 7, 2010

Navajo Tribal Utility Plans LTE Trial

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) is planning an LTE trial using 700 MHz spectrum to bring broadband services to population centers throughout the 27,000 square miles of the Navajo nation.

NTUA is pursuing funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a $46M grant that includes a 530 mile of fiber optic deployment and a 57-site LTE deployment.

NTUA has selected ZTE to supply LTE equipment and DragonWave to supply wireless backhaul systems.

To support NTUA's application, DragonWave is installing a commercial pilot network near Fort Defiance, Arizona, in which the Horizon Quantum is backhauling 700 MHZ LTE base stations.

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