Cross Wireless, doing business as ‘Sprocket Wireless’, has announced the completion of ‘Phase 0’ of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network deployment. Phase 0 encompasses network rollouts in parts of the Muskogee and Pittsburg Counties in Eastern Oklahoma, including the commercial centres of Muskogee, Warner and McAlester. This rollout represents the first stage of a three-tiered deployment strategy; later deployments will include areas within Choctaw, Pushmataha, McCurtain, McIntosh, Haskell, Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Hughes, Osage and Seminole Counties as well as expanding the existing areas. The deployment has been enabled by Cross/Sprocket’s participation in Verizon’s wide-reaching ‘LTE in Rural America’ programme. Under the terms of the agreement Verizon Wireless has leased Sprocket a portion of its ‘Upper C-block’ 700MHz spectrum in areas where it has not constructed a 4G network itself. Going forward Sprocket subscribers will also benefit from a nationwide roaming agreement across Verizon’s national network. The company’s total capital investment in the project is expected to reach around USD12 million.
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