nTelos tests LTE with Alca-Lu

Regional operator nTelos, which operates a CDMA network in the mid-Atlantic and southeast region of the country, said it has completed an LTE field trial near its headquarters in Waynesboro, Va.

The operator used Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) base stations, IP routers and evolved packet equipment for the trial, but has not announced anything about its LTE plans.

"This trial enables us to make informed decisions on how to smoothly evolve our network and incorporate 4G LTE into the existing infrastructure, particularly in terms of end-user performance, throughput, latency and Quality of Experience," said Bobby McAvoy, senior vice president of wireless engineering and operations for nTelos. "We decided to team with Alcatel-Lucent on the trial because of our longstanding relationship and proven track record in the area of CDMA as well as their expertise and experience in LTE."

nTelos didn't say what spectrum it used for the LTE trial, but it owns Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) spectrum that covers 1.37 million pops in markets that include Virginia.

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