Feature Article

March 29, 2012

Sprocket Wireless Brings Broadband 4G LTE to Rural Oklahoma

Mass adoption of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, has led to increased demand for broadband access to Internet services on the road. And 4G LTE provides the bandwidth and speed required for uninterrupted access to services, especially streamed content such as movies, video calls, and gaming. To help rural Oklahoma meet such demands, Sprocket Wireless, a trade name for Cross Wireless, is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE technology lightRadio to bring mobile broadband access to rural Oklahoma.

Using Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio technology, Sprocket Wireless will deliver these services to residents in the state of Oklahoma's Muskogee, Pittsburg, Choctaw, McCurtain, and McIntosh counties during the first half of 2012.

"By working with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a 4G LTE network in our service area in rural Oklahoma, we are able to meet the fast-growing demand for mobile broadband services,” V David Miller II, president of Sprocket Wireless, said. “These services will help to increase the efficiency of businesses in the region, and support a range of consumer services that have never been seen before in these areas."

In another statement, Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas region commented, "We look forward to working hand-in-hand with Sprocket Wireless to bring better, faster broadband services to the people of Oklahoma. Alcatel-Lucent is continuously delivering new innovations to make wireless networks more powerful, efficient and affordable. Our LTE technology is the first step in this transition, laying the groundwork for an evolution to our ground-breaking lightRadio architecture, which is designed to dramatically increase the available bandwidth on wireless networks while driving down operating costs and power consumption substantially."

According to Alcatel-Lucent, it has more than 20 LTE contracts for commercial deployments including two of the largest LTE network roll-outs. Plus, the company is engaged in more than 70 LTE trials worldwide.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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