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.