EDINBURG, Va., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (NASDAQ:SHEN) announced that it has signed an agreement to expand its relationship with Sprint.

Shentel has amended its Affiliate Agreement with Sprint to expand its affiliate service territory, adding approximately 500 thousand additional POPs in the Parkersburg, WV, Huntington, WV, and Cumberland, MD, basic trading areas (“BTAs”).  With this expansion, Shentel will have authorization to serve over 6 million POPs in the mid-Atlantic area as a Sprint PCS Affiliate.  Approximately 20 thousand Sprint retail and nTelos postpaid and prepaid subscribers in the new BTAs will become Sprint-branded affiliate customers managed by Shentel.  Shentel has agreed to spend approximately $32 million over the next three years to upgrade and expand the existing network coverage in those areas.  Once the expansion is complete, Shentel plans to open multiple retail locations in the new area.

President and CEO Christopher French commented, “We are pleased to be expanding our relationship with Sprint and are excited to be adding these new service areas that will enhance the experience for our customers and create value for our shareholders.”

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