CenturyTel, a Louisiana based tier 2 telecom carrier, has announced their intentions for the 69 700 MHz spectrum licenses they obtained in the recent FCC auction. CenturyTel says the 700 MHz spectrum provides them the “opportunity to deliver wireless voice and broadband data to a significant percentage of our current customer base, making CenturyTel the only on-net provider of both fixed and wireless broadband in many of our markets.” Apparently, we can count a new wireless competitor in much of CenturyTel’s current footprint. Their 700 MHz footprint provides wireless overlap to approximately 53% of their local exchange areas. “This spectrum is well suited for serving less densely populated markets and should enable us to leverage our existing network assets to offer our customers a compelling range of wireless and fixed-line voice and broadband products,” said Glen F. Post, III, CenturyTel chairman and CEO.
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