Rural operators playing leading role in mobile broadband

Lynnette LunaIt used to be that rural operators were the technology laggards, leveraging technology that major mobile operators had matured. But in the next-generation of high-speed data networks, many rural operators are taking a leading position thanks to broadband stimulus money, Verizon Wireless' move to partner with rural operators to build out its LTE footprint and just plain market tenacity. Mobile broadband opens up a new ball game that enables operators to not only target underserved areas with voice services, but now fast Internet access speeds.

I've compiled a list of rural operators that are poised to exploit the market opportunity. Check it out here. -Lynnette

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