ZTE Looks to Stimulus Funds for LTE Network

Comnet Wireless has tapped ZTE to deploy a test 4G Long Term Evolution network for voice and data services in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. And the Chinese telecom gear company is teaming with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to lobby for a piece of the government’s $7.2 billion broadband stimulus fund to help.

Comnet, a regional operator owned by Atlantic Tele-Network, applied for a portion of the stimulus funds last August (PDF) but the project was not one of the first 18 initiatives to be approved for funding last month. The operator is looking to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which will hand out $2.35 billion in funding by the end of September 2010.

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