Houston, Texas, United States, July 25, 2012
Infrastructure Networks Rolls Out The First LTE Network For Critical Infrastructure In The Heart of The Permian Basin
Infrastructure Networks, a Houston, Texas-based provider of broadband wireless networks to Critical Infrastructure Industries, has announced that it recently deployed 5 LTE (Long-Term Evolution) wireless broadband coverage sites in the Permian Basin area of West Texas. These are the first LTE sites to be exclusively dedicated to the needs of Critical Infrastructure entities, and their launch makes Infrastructure Networks one of only a handful of companies, including Verizon, AT&T and Metro PCS, to operate an LTE network in North America.
Traditionally, retail and consumer based providers such as Verizon have not focused their coverage on less populated rural areas. However, those remote areas, such as the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale in Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, are often home to a heavy concentration of Critical Infrastructure operations. This lack of adequate coverage has created a window of opportunity which has motivated Infrastructure Networks’ initial efforts.
Phillip Liddell, Infrastructure Networks’ Vice President of Engineering, personally oversaw the implementation of the network. “We are very pleased with the network test results to date.” stated Liddell. “The propagation characteristics of the 700MHz spectrum are outstanding and support our ability to rapidly deploy a high quality LTE network in West Texas, as well as other areas of Texas and North Dakota where we have 700MHz spectrum holdings.”
“We are extremely proud to be rolling out this network, which will be the foundation of a first of its kind service anywhere.” added Infrastructure Networks CEO Stan Hughey. ”We formed this company specifically to service the needs of Critical Infrastructure entities, and are excited to be at the very forefront of providing high bandwidth, low latency, secure solutions that can be rapidly integrated into our customers existing communications infrastructure.”
Infrastructure Networks Executive Vice-President Kori Kalich-Ugalde is coordinating testing and demonstrations with several company partners over the next month, and expects full scale provisioning of services to begin shortly thereafter. “While we continue to demonstrate our new capabilities in the Permian Basin, we are also accelerating the expansion and upgrade of our existing network coverage in the Texas panhandle.” she stated.
Founded in March of 2011, Infrastructure Networks has been expanding network coverage under licensed spectrum holdings that cover more than 150,000 square miles of the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, the Eagle Ford Shale and Permian Basin in Texas and large parts of West Texas, the Texas panhandle, Eastern New Mexico and Kern County, California.
The map above depicts Infrastructure Networks’ 700MHz LTE Network Coverage Area, which covers almost 6,000 square miles over parts of 9 counties in the oil-rich Permian Basin area of West Texas.