Pioneer Cellular becomes 1st Verizon rural partner to launch 4G LTE

Pioneer Cellular becomes 1st Verizon rural partner to launch 4G LTE
As Verizon continues to expand its vast network of 4G LTE coverage it has looked toward partnerships with region carriers to offer coverage in rural areas. One of the participants in Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, Pioneer Cellular, is planning on launching 4G LTE service in 21 counties across 17,000 miles in central, western, and southern Oklahoma.

Pioneer Cellular has just turned on the first phase of its rollout, lighting up six counties in Oklahoma with 4G LTE coverage, which effectively makes it the first Verizon rural partner to turn on its network. As far as devices, Pioneer Cellular is launching with a home broadband router, a MiFi hotsport, and a dongle. While it doesn’t have any 4G LTE compatible smartphones just yet, it is working on bringing a few devices from Verizon’s lineup over.

Pioneer Cellular CEO Richard Ruhl pointed out that the software is different on Verizon’s devices. “Verizon’s own software supports Verizon-exclusive capabilities. LRA partners will be required to negotiate with device vendors to obtain devices that use a stripped-down version of Verizon’s software,” he said.

source: gigaom

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4 Comments

1. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"...is planning on launching 4G LTE service in 21 counties across 17,000 miles in central, western, and southern Oklahoma." Excuse me but they must be measuring the twists and turns in the wires because no way in hell OK has 17,000 miles of land, bloody hell it's on 3,600 miles from NYC to California...who writes these things? Good to see Verizon is partnering up, but I don't like how they aren't helping with the phones which require the partner to go and get separate contracts from vendors for phones with software. Although Google could take this and make something of it and offer LTE pure Google devices on those networks as they don't need Verizon's bloatware. Hmmm, the possibilities!!!

2. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

They probably mean square miles. Square root of 17000 is around 130. So imagine a 130 mile by 130 mile area ... that works out to 17000 square miles.

3. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Hahahaha thank you for explaining simple math to the uneducated! Thumbs up to you!

4. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

Sorry to burst your bubble PHONEARENA, but Cellcom in Wisconsin was first. They launched their LTE network days ago!!!

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