LTE is coming to Alaska. That was the announcement Wednesday from Matanuska Telephone Association, a telecommunications carrier in Alaska.
The company has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to participate in the LTE in Rural America program.
Under the LTE in Rural America program, Verizon Wireless is working with rural carriers to jumpstart the delivery of fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to rural communities throughout the United States.
The development represents the latest evidence of expedient growth in LTE across the United States.
“We are dedicated to providing innovative communications products and services to our customers and we are very excited about this partnership,” says Greg Berberich, Chief Executive of MTA. “Our decision to deploy LTE technology ensures that we will be able to offer our customers the same state of the art LTE network capabilities that are being deployed in larger urban markets in the United States and around the world. This will result in enhanced high speed data services for our customers locally and when traveling away from home.”
“We are pleased that MTA is joining our efforts to bring the benefits of 4G LTE to the citizens of Alaska,” adds Molly Feldman, VP of Business Development for Verizon Wireless. “Working together, our two companies will improve the mobile broadband infrastructure in Alaska and expand 4G-LTE to a significant portion of our largest state.”
Verizon’s 4G LTE network covers more than 200 million people in the United States today.