Dish, nTelos Fixed LTE Service to Offer Around 5 Mbps
Dish has offered up a little more detail on an already-announced plan to offer fixed wireless broadband service. Dish announced back in May
that the company would be offering fixed LTE services in a new partnership with nTelos. At the time, the companies stated they'd be ultimately offering the service in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky -- though June deployments were very unspecific and limited in nature.
In October Dish and nTelos stated the trial was going well and they intended to extend it into Roanoke, Staunton, Waynesboro and Charlottesville with the goal of reaching "up to" a half-a-million homes.
Still, pricing and speed details have been hard to come by (drop us a line
if you're a trial participant). Speaking at a recent investor conference the companies did state they aim to be able to offer at least 5 Mbps to subscribers
, even though trials have obtained speeds of 30 to 40 Mbps.
The companies plan to offer LTE using roughly 20 MHz of spectrum belonging to nTelos, with Dish's growing spectrum holdings potentially being incorporated sometime down the road. The focus is pretty clearly going to be more rural markets, where the service should offer faster speeds than DSL provided over aging copper.
"We may blow away fixed line provider(s)," nTelos CEO and President Jim Hyde told conference attendees.