Utah-based co-operative Strata Networks has announced that it is poised to introduce Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the Uintah Basin from this month. The service is initially being deployed in parts of the Duchesne and Uintah counties, covering more than 90% of the current population of the two areas. This deployment represents ‘phase one’ of the telco’s rollout plan, with additional stages due to be implemented over the course of the next twelve to 18 months. Strata plans to offer four LTE-compatible devices at launch: a Novatel Mi-Fi hotspot, which can power up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, a USB dongle and two hand-sets, the Motorola RAZR MAXX and the HTC Fireball.
Strata Networks is one of 18 regional cellcos to have entered 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 Strata a portion of its upper C block 700MHz spectrum in areas where it has not constructed a 4G network itself. Going forward Strata subscribers will also benefit from a nationwide roaming agreement across Verizon’s national network.