Chariton Valley Wireless, part of the Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation, which has serviced customers in rural Missouri for around 60 years, has indicated that its long-anticipated introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is now imminent. The company has introduced a new website, www.CV4G.com, which offers would-be customers a number of details regarding the impending launch. Chariton says that subscribers will be offered guaranteed download transmission speeds of 5Mbps-12Mbps, with upload speeds of 2Mbps-5Mbps, ‘however, like any wireless data, speed is impacted by geography, distance from a cell site and traffic on the network’. The company adds: ‘We are diligently working with our vendors to make 4G LTE smartphones and data devices available as soon as possible. You will be able to purchase 4G LTE devices from any of our retail stores’. Although the actual launch date has yet to be confirmed, the operator has already published pricing details for its data plans, with a premium monthly package priced at USD175 for 20GB of data connectivity.
In September 2011 Chariton Valley Wireless became the eleventh mobile operator to enter into an agreement with mobile giant Verizon Wireless to participate in its wide-reaching ‘LTE in Rural America’ programme. Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon Wireless has leased its upper C block 700MHz spectrum in five counties in north-eastern Missouri to Chariton, whose subscribers will also benefit from a nationwide roaming agreement across Verizon’s national network.