Rural Texas Gets Superfast Wireless Broadband

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Stelera Wireless, an Oklahoma City-based rural broadband service provider has launched its high-speed HSPA service in two markets — Floresville & Poth, Texas — utilizing the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum band it had acquired in last year’s AWS spectrum auction. The AWS utilizes the 2.1 GHz and 1.7 GHz bands. Stelera has beaten many of the larger players such as T-Mobile to the punch by rolling out its AWS-based wireless broadband network.

The company is offering service in many different flavors, including residential and business packages that cost anywhere from $60 to $100 a month. The speeds on an HSPA network are up to 7.2 Mbps downlink and 2 Mbps uplink. The service uses the I-HSPA technology from Nokia Siemens Networks, and can offer download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second. Stelera owns 42 AWS licenses across the U.S., mostly in rural communities.

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Michael Ponder Jr

Are any of you serious.
8 megs is a lot when you have NOTHING!
I have lived in Votaw texas in big thicket retreat for over 10 years…. and we still don’t have ANY kind of broadband, it’s crazy and unfair.
If i could at least get 8 megs i would be SUPER happy and very content.
Here dial up is only like 14kbs no matter what provider or dial access point number you use.
And some times it’s slower then that.
Plus a lot of web sites and web pages now days require more speed.
Right now we are very VERY screwed.
So something like this would be a gods send.

Texas

Scion guy you my friend are a tard……. What’s wrong with Texas? Are you also one of those ignorant people who also still believe that everyone here in Texas ride horses and wagons to town everyday? Dillholes like you crack me up. Thanks for the laugh partner!!! Getty up horse lmfao

SOC Guy

I make chips , “‘semiconductors / microprocessors” and telecommute from all over Texas.
Texas the balanced budget red state that is still free.
Where you can start a business and keep the profit of your labor.
With Intel, AMD, Dell, and more wind turbines than California
its a surprising state and we welcome you.

– SOC Guy

Garrett

ScionGuy, dont you ever talk bout Texas like that.
Anyways. Thats a really neat thing. The fastest we can get out 8 miles east of temple is 700 KBps upload and bout 400 KBps, out here.

Ken

Some thing is going to be even better and bigger

With opening as a publicly traded company, the ability to broadcast the Internet connection signal via repeater towers from one central NOC (Network Operations Center), broadcast to distances of 30-miles without degradation of the signal, transmit through buildings, forests, and up to 20 feet underground, maintain a T-1 connection both UP and DOWN without degradation from the amount of simultaneous users connecting, and having managed to secure the signal with better than 256-bit SSL encryption where no firewall hardware is required, we believe this WiFi Corp. will quickly become one of the fastest growing Corporations in the history of the Internet, and quite literally, will be able to make the statement;

wanman

blazing speeds at only 8 megs is nothing to boast about, especially in Texas. With new ODFM gear now reaching 350 to 400 megabit, how does a licensed spectrum with an 8 meg cap compete? Plus licensing fees plus expensive gear. In Texas we see many projects with funding from multiple areas, supporting larger network with less speeds? How is Dallas is anyway slower than Mayberry ?

Victor Blake

I don’t think it’s a test. And rural markets are actually ripe for wireless as a substitute for wireless (aka bypass). Even if they are designed for mobility, many will be used as fixed wireless given the dearth of rural broadband. It’s a serious need. And with little competition, its the perfect place to launch.

Chris

Here Time Warner increased the prices by $10, but the speed is the same for the last three years. There is hardly any innovation, they are content with profits made.

Om Malik

Mj

Dream a little. Who knows that there might be competition and broadband innovation around the country.

;-)

mjgraves

Do we dare hope that some form of innovation returns to the broadband market? My options for broadband here in Houston haven’t changed significantly on over ten years!

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