AT&T Expands LTE Network
Monica Link Feb. 28, 2014, 5:44 p.m.
AT&T is expanding its LTE network. The company has acquired licenses from Bendbroadband, an Oregon-based cable company. The new licenses will allow AT&T the airspace to boost its LTE network in the state. The licenses include a 700 MHz B Block spectrum that will help the company operate in rural Oregon. According to FierceWireless reports, the company filed papers with the FCC and said the purpose of the licenses is to boost operation efficiency for subscribers.
The new licenses for Oregon are among the many business efforts the company has made to expand its network and remain competitive. AT&T has another pending deal with Cable One to buy licenses to expand its service in the Phoenix area. More licensing requests and expansion of the 4G LTE network in more than 14 states is expected to take place this year. New Jersey is among the states that may have possible service expansions.
In 2013, AT&T launched its 4G LTE network in 14 markets across North Carolina, including Charlotte-Gastonia, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington and New Bern. AT&T installed fiber in 93 multitenant buildings in the same area. Last year, the company also boosted its commitment in community matters and employment, with $280 million invested in employee training.