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Cellular South inks deal with LightSquared, gets LTE with stroke of a pen

Zachary Lutz

Cellular South just dropped a nugget, announcing it's hopped aboard with LightSquared to provide nationwide LTE service to its 900,000 subscribers. In turn, the 4G wholesaler promised to bring coverage to rural communities (and offer satellite service for those in really distant locales). Cellular South joins Cricket, Best Buy Connect and SI Wireless as the latest to add LTE coverage the easy way, though they're left waiting for the network to come online sometime in 2012. Meanwhile, LightSquared continues working to resolve those pesky GPS concerns, with a final report due to the FCC on June 15th. PR after the break.

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LightSquared and Cellular South Announce They Have Entered Into a Bilateral Roaming Agreement

RESTON, Va., April 20, 2011 - LightSquared™, the nation's first, wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, and Cellular South, the nation's largest privately owned wireless communications provider, have entered into a bilateral roaming agreement.

This agreement will provide subscribers of Cellular South with a nationwide 4G-LTE footprint as well as satellite coverage in rural areas where there is no terrestrial network. It will also expand LightSquared's 4G data coverage to additional rural communities.

"LightSquared's wholesale-only, integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network, makes them a valuable partner because it enables us to provide our customers, including those in rural locations, with nationwide access to the most advanced technology and reliable coverage available," said Hu Meena, president and CEO of Cellular South.

"Cellular South's passion and commitment to helping their customers get the most out of their wireless services makes them a great partner for LightSquared," said Sanjiv Ahuja, Chairman and CEO of LightSquared. "We are pleased to offer Cellular South our nationwide 4G-LTE and satellite coverage and capacity through our wholesale-only model at attractive rates so they can better service their customers, and we're pleased to offer our customers additional coverage through Cellular South's extensive network."

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