Sprint Signs Deal to Boost Rural LTE Coverage

Sprint USA says that it is working with the CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) and NetAmerica Alliance to allow existing regional mobile networks have low-cost access to Sprint’s nationwide network and the ability to purchase a wider range of devices.

The companies said that the CCA program and NetAmerica Alliance agreement will foster the deployment of LTE coverage throughout underserved American communities, where the cost of building such networks and the roaming costs are often prohibitively expensive.

To facilitate roaming between these networks, beginning in January 2015, Sprint plans to offer LTE devices that will include a chipset allowing the devices to roam on the lower 700MHz spectrum primarily in use by CCA and NetAmerica Alliance Members.

CCA members will leverage the CCA-developed central data hub as a clearinghouse for participating CCA members to complete simple, commercially sustainable, individually negotiated, reciprocal roaming agreements with Sprint.

Meanwhile, NetAmerica Alliance Members will be able to access the Sprint network, have immediate access to select Sprint devices, and use Sprint’s spectrum.

In return, Sprint customers will have access to NetAmerica Alliance Members’ LTE networks, which is expected to improve Sprint’s services for its own customers nationwide.

“This is a landmark day for the rural carrier market and for the rural consumer,” said Roger Hutton, Chairman and CEO of NetAmerica.

Through the Sprint and NetAmerica shared network alliance, we are providing the 4G LTE mobile solution rural carriers so desperately need to compete and we are delivering on our promise to let rural consumers live and work where they choose without compromise.”

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