According to the most recent ‘Evolution to LTE’ report by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), a series of regional LTE deployments took place in the United States in November and December. These included:
• Nex-Tech Wireless, a subsidiary of Rural Telephone, Golden Belt Telephone and Mutual Telephone, which commercially launched LTE on 27 November 2013 using 700MHz B block spectrum acquired in May 2012. The first phase of Nex-Tech’s LTE rollout included the cities of Hays, Great Bend, Salina, Beloit, Concordia, Ellis, McPherson, Scott City, Norton, Colby, Russell, Plainville, Lyons and Stockton
• Texas-based Colorado Valley Communications, a member of the NetAmerica Alliance, which introduced commercial LTE services using the 700MHz band in December 2013 in Ellinger, Fayetteville, Flatonia, La Grange, Schulenburg and Weimar. The company’s 4G network was deployed by Swedish vendor Ericsson
• Mid-River Communications, which commercially launched its LTE network on 12 December 2013 in twelve communities across eastern Montana. Locations currently receiving an LTE signal have been identified as: Baker, Broadus, Circle, Lindsay, Richey, Lambert, the Highway 201 West area outside of Sidney, Vida, Savage, Ashland, Alzada and Hammond.