Wireless Industry News

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless said it will expand LTE service to 81,000 of its wireless customers in Roanoke, Va., and Charleston W.Va. The attention on those markets and the network expansion comes two months after nTelos said it would sell off its spectrum and its retail business in markets in eastern Virginia, known as its "Eastern Markets," to focus on its "Western Markets" in western Virginia and West Virginia where it has a stronger retail presence and benefits from a network deal with Sprint.

In a statement, nTelos said the LTE network enhancement for Roanoke and Charleston is part of its "4G for All" expansion, and includes LTE deployment across 26 cell sites. This deployment will be the first in a series of nearly 300 LTE site launches the company has planned across its Western Markets in 2015. NTelos already has nine of its markets covered with LTE: Beckley, Bluefield, Parkersburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Winchester, Woodstock and Hagerstown.

As part of the company's refocus on its western Virginia and West Virginia markets, nTelos said it is investing $175 million in deploying its 1900 MHz LTE and upgrading its existing 3G CDMA network. Read the full article