Regional US telco BendBroadband has announced that that its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network has gone live in Central Oregon, superseding its existing HSPA+ infrastructure, which is now set to be mothballed in June. Customers willing to take out a twelve-month LTE subscription before 31 May will be offered a free LTE router by Bend, which promises download speeds of at least 12Mbps. Eric Anderson, BendBroadband’s director of wireless engineering, commented: ‘The performance of our 4G LTE network has consistently exceeded our expectations for both speeds and capacity. With the push – both internationally and locally – to further develop wireless network features and performance, we are confident that our new 4G LTE network will allow us to provide superior wireless products for many years to come’.
TeleGeography notes that, under the name ‘Bend Cable Communications’, the telco secured an allocation of 700MHz ‘B Block’ spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission’s Auction 73 in early 2008. Bend paid USD6.745 million for the frequencies, beating off competing bids from Verizon Wireless and King Street Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Cellular.