Kentucky-based Bluegrass Cellular, which already offers a 4G mobile broadband service as part of Verizon Wireless’ ‘Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Rural America’ programme, has reportedly launched a second ‘fixed’ LTE service branded ‘GetSetGo’. According to Fierce Wireless, the new service uses Bluegrass’ lower 700MHz spectrum licences, and is aims to serve a coverage area encompassing more than 700,000 people by June this year. Ron Smith, president and CEO of Bluegrass Cellular, commented: ‘With this network, we will meet Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandates for the timely deployment of broadband services and expand our LTE footprint into new market areas. We look forward to expanding our products and services as the LTE product ecosystem expands, and as carrier-to-carrier LTE roaming and interoperability become a reality … The launch of our second LTE network complements our partnership with Verizon Wireless by expanding the company’s network control capabilities and positions the company for the planned expansion of new competitive broadband products and services’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the cellco’s first LTE network went live in November 2012, with deployments in a number of Kentucky cities, including Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Glasgow, Radcliff and Bardstown.