Verizon’s 4G network is about to get a lot more rural


Verizon is building its new LTE network is some pretty small cities as its network expansion has long moved past the big metro markets, but it’s preparing to scale down even smaller with the help of rural carriers.

Verizon in a blog post on Tuesday revealed that six operators would have LTE networks online using its airwaves by the end of 2012, giving it 4G access in vast swathes of the country where Big Red doesn’t plan on extending its network. Two of those networks have already launched, Cellcom in Wisconsin and Pioneer Cellular in Oklahoma. The remaining four Verizon didn’t name.

Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program has 17 participants, and in total they’ve leased enough 700 MHz spectrum from Verizon to cover 2.7 million people in rural communities covering 144,000 square miles. A Verizon spokesperson said the carrier is still courting more partners.

Each operator partner will…

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