Alcatel-Lucent recently announced that it has signed an agreement to provide 4G LTE (News - Alert) network services to NTELOS Holdings Corp. for its nTelos Wireless network build-out in West Virginia and parts of western Virginia. The officials from NTELOS Holdings Corp. said that Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) LTE solutions will help the company to LTE faster with a complete LTE overlay Radio Access Network (RAN) and Mobile Blackhaul solution. nTelos will deploy Alcatel-Lucent base stations supporting Sprint’s (News - Alert) 1900MHz, 800MHz and 2.5G spectrum.
The 4G LTE Radio Access Network is a heterogeneous network that combines the macro and small cell solutions to increase network capacity. The Mobile Blackhaul solution delivers increased mobile capacity, coverage and quality of service. Optimized for macro cell and small cell backhaul requirements, the solution can handle the order of magnitude increase in cell site traffic that will be created by 4G LTE services, small cell network densification and Wi-Fi hotspots.
“nTelos Wireless has established an enviable position as an industry leader in an extremely competitive market by delivering the level of service customers want at a reasonable price,” said Charles Marsh, vice president of North America Sales, Alcatel-Lucent. “Our solutions and considerable global deployment experience, backed by Bell Labs (News - Alert) technology and innovations, will help nTelos deliver on its commitment to network build out, particularly as it supports the Sprint wholesale relationship.”
In related news, DISH Network Corporation, a provider of a pay-television services, and NTELOS Holdings Corp recently announced that nTelos and a wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH have executed an agreement to expand their pilot program to co-develop a fixed wireless broadband service. DISH and nTelos plan to offer the service commercially on a limited trial basis in markets where the two companies have a high concentration of customers. The trial markets include Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville, Va.
Edited by Maurice Nagle