NorthwestCell recently launched its new Long-Term Evolution 4G coverage and has plans to expand the service in the near future.
With the new line of devices, the Maryville-based company will now be able to offer download transmission speeds of 5-12 mbps with upload speeds of 2-5 mbps.
As with all wireless data, speed is affected by geography, distance from the cell site and traffic on the network.
That's why General Manager Roger Bundridge said the company decided to enter into a roaming agreement with Verizon Wireless.
The partnership helped solidify the expansion to the fourth-generation LTE network for NorthwestCell's customers.
"Our current LTE devices will be backward-compatible with 3G, meaning that they will revert to 3G when the 4G LTE is not available," Bundridge said. "We are planning to have all of our sites converted to 4G LTE within the next 18 months."
The partnership with Verizon began in late 2011, and since then customers in the five-county area of northwest Missouri have been able to use the faster technology, and now the company's retail stores have a wide variety of 4G-capable devices.
"NorthwestCell will not only have the best local coverage, but also the best nationwide 4G LTE coverage," Bundridge said. "We are excited about some of the upcoming devices that range from smart phones to home security systems.
"I feel like we are going down the right path by partnering with Verizon. They have the largest footprint in the U.S., especially in rural areas."