Sprint’s rural carrier partnership program has now grown to include 27 different operators, covering a population of 38 million.
Verizon has owned these 700 MHz licenses for six years but never found a use for them. One’s man trash is another’s treasure. By buying these licenses T-Mobile can build an LTE network more like Verizon’s.
AT&T’s LTE network is now in in 461 markets, 39 shy of Verizon’s. It probably won’t finish the year matching Verizon’s network footprint, but it will get close.
AT&T completed its summer LTE expansion plans this week with 370 markets under its belt. It hopes to finish the year with 420 markets and 270 million people covered.