Following a successful initial deployment in June 2013, US satellite TV giant DISH Network and regional wireless operator nTelos Wireless have announced that they have executed an agreement to expand their pilot programme to co-develop a fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in selected areas. The pair plan to offer the service commercially on a limited trial area basis in markets where the two companies have a high concentration of customers. The trial markets include Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Virginia. The project is expected to go live in early-2014, with services potentially reaching up to 500,000 homes. Following a similar approach used in the initial deployment, nTelos and DISH will install outdoor routers designed to receive a 2.5GHz LTE signal. These units are connected via Ethernet to a wireless router in the home, which facilitates broadband access throughout the premises.
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