Verizon scoops up rural carrier Mohave Wireless

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) finalized the purchase of Mohave Wireless from Frontier Communications and Rio Virgin Telephone, which had been running the carrier. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Verizon had previously owned one-third of Mohave.

Verizon said the deal will expand its network footprint in northwest Arizona. Mohave Wireless' cellular spectrum license and operations cover around 203,000 POPs, and covers Grand Canyon, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City. Verizon said it will integrate Mohave's CDMA EV-DO network with its own and plans to deploy LTE services in the area in the "near future." 

During the transition, Verizon said it will serve Mohave Wireless customers, using the existing brand name, until the network integration is complete sometime in early 2014. Mohave customers do not need to take any action at this time, Verizon said.

A Verizon spokeswoman said the deal received all necessary regulatory approvals.

For more:
- see this Verizon release
- see this Mohave page
- see this Phoenix Business Journal article

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Article updated April 2 with more information from Verizon.