Bluegrass Cellular has announced that customers in select areas now have access to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, which the cellco claims will allow them to experience up to 50% faster download speeds. The network upgrade has been made possible as a result of Bluegrass Cellular’s long-standing ‘LTE in Rural America’ partnership with Verizon Wireless, which covers Central Kentucky.
Under the terms of the November 2010 agreement, Verizon leased Bluegrass a portion of its upper C block 700MHz spectrum covering areas where it had no plans to construct a 4G network itself. In turn, Bluegrass subscribers benefit from a nationwide roaming agreement across Verizon’s national network. TeleGeography notes that Bluegrass was the first regional carrier to participate in the Verizon-led programme, which now involves more than 20 different partnerships.