Open-access Long Term Evolution (LTE) start-up LightSquared has confirmed that it has inked a wholesale agreement with Hometown Telecom, a carrier specialising in long distance call plans targeting India. The deal, which is said to be LightSquared’s 37th wholesale agreement, is the telco’s first with a carrier specialising in international services. Hometown Telecom currently offers monthly long distance plans to more than 65,000 subscribers, and claims to facilitate more than 50 million minutes to India per month. Following the deal with LightSquared, the telco hopes to expand its business to other markets, with a range of branded LTE-related products.
David Schofield, president of Hometown Telecom, commented: ‘With LightSquared, Hometown Telecom has a unique opportunity to provide our rapidly expanding base of tech-savvy subscribers with high-speed wireless data and voice services. Our customers have come to expect affordable long distance plans which are unmatched in quality of service, and now we can enhance our portfolio with access to LightSquared’s competitively priced, state-of-the-art 4G network’.