MTA Partners With Verizon Wireless To Bring LTE To Alaska
Palmer, Alaska (March 20, 2012) – Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA), a leading telecommunications carrier in Alaska offering state of the art, reliable and competitively-priced communications, announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless to participate in the LTE in Rural America program. Under the LTE in Rural America program, Verizon Wireless is working with rural carriers to jumpstart the delivery of fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to rural communities throughout the United States.
Greg Berberich, Chief Executive of MTA, said, “We are dedicated to providing innovative communications products and services to our customers and we are very excited about this partnership. Our decision to deploy LTE technology ensures that we will be able to offer our customers the same state of the art LTE network capabilities that are being deployed in larger urban markets in the United States and around the world. This will result in enhanced high speed data services for our customers locally and when traveling away from home.”
“We are pleased that MTA is joining our efforts to bring the benefits of 4G LTE to the citizens of Alaska,” said Molly Feldman, VP of Business Development for Verizon Wireless. “Working together, our two companies will improve the mobile broadband infrastructure in Alaska and expand 4G-LTE to a significant portion of our largest state.”
Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will lease to MTA its 700 MHz upper C block wireless spectrum in Denali Borough and much of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The leased footprint is approximately 34,000 square miles, by far the largest upper 700 MHz spectrum lease within the Verizon LTE in the Rural America program. Using the leased spectrum, MTA will construct and operate a 4G LTE network serving MTA customers, Verizon Wireless customers, and customers of other LTE in Rural America participants. In addition, MTA customers will have access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network throughout the United States.
Verizon’s 4G LTE network is the largest in the US and covers more than 200 million people.
Verizon Wireless currently is building out its 4G LTE network in Alaska.
Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1953 to bring telephone service to rural South-Central Alaska. Today, MTA delivers some of the most advanced communications products available in the marketplace, including Local, Long Distance, Wireless, Internet, Business, Directory and Digital TV services. The MTA service area covers over 10,000 square miles and spans the area from Eagle River’s Hiland Road to Clear Air Force Base. MTA stores are located in Eagle River, Palmer, and Wasilla, Alaska.
Through its operating and capital budgets, MTA contributes tens of millions of dollars into the communities it serves: employing over 350 people who also donate their time and money. This past year MTA invested over $16.5 million in its network and distributed nearly $3 million in capital credits to its member/owners.