Sunday, May 1, 2011

Verizon Wireless Adds to its LTE in Rural America Program

Illinois-based Convergence Technologies Inc (CTI) has joined Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program. Under the program, CTI will work with Verizon Wireless to deliver 4G LTE services to rural Indiana communities within the IN-5 Cellular Market Area.

Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will lease to CTI its 700 MHz upper C block wireless spectrum in the CTI service area where Verizon Wireless has not already constructed a network. This project will leverage portions of CTI's recent $18 million Broadband Stimulus Project to bring advanced 4G wireless services to underserved rural communities throughout Illinois and Indiana. CTI expects 4G LTE speeds of up to 12 Mbps for downloads and up to 5 Mbps for uploads.

Charles Wu, Convergence Technologies CEO stated "This partnership with Verizon Wireless creates a regional powerhouse that combines CTI's existing network and spectrum assets with a data-roaming agreement from the leading wireless network company. CTI 4G LTE customers will be able to roam on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network throughout the country and Verizon Wireless customers will be able to roam on the CTI 4G LTE network. These added LTE lease areas will increase CTI's 4G mobile wireless coverage to over 750,000 POPs across Illinois and Indiana."