Why spend all that money to build out a LTE network when all it takes is a signed contract with an LTE provider like LightSquared. Cellular South has signed a contract with LightSquared to provide the 4G service to its 900,000 customers. But the latter won't be flicking the switch to on until 2012. The deal provides high-speed coverage to the carrier's rural customers and satellite connectivity for those far away from civilization. Cellular South joins the others who have inked a deal with LightSquared, like Best Buy Connect
, SI Wireless and Cricket
LightSquared does have to resolve the problem they are having with the USAF. The military says that GPS signals are overpowered by LightSquared's LTE towers within 3-5 miles on the ground and 12 miles in the air. A final report is expected at the headquarters of the FCC on June 15th.