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Nex-Tech Wireless announces 4G plans


Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

Preparations are underway at Nex-Tech Wireless to deploy fourth-generation (4G) long-term evolution technology across its network. Nex-Tech Wireless has purchased equipment for the advanced 4G wireless network from Ericsson, a world leader in mobile technologies, and installation is in process. Extensive network testing will take place in the upcoming months, and Nex-Tech Wireless plans to deploy 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

"Our network strategy has always been to provide the same technology that is offered in metropolitan areas to the residents of rural Kansas," said Jeff Kisner, director of network operations for Nex-Tech Wireless. "The LTE network will provide a robust experience for our customers. This investment illustrates our commitment to our customers."

The first phase of Nex-Tech Wireless' 4G LTE rollout will include the cities of Hays, Great Bend and Salina. Additional areas also will be covered with the first phase, which is expected to be fully-operational by the end of this year. Nex-Tech Wireless will continue the rollout of the 4G LTE network in 2014.

The company said customers can expect data download speeds averaging 6 to 8 mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 mbps -- about 10 times faster than 3G.