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Aug. 14, 2015 - RINA Hosts 11th Annual Wireless Users Group

RINA Wireless hosted their 11th Annual Wireless Users Group conference in Salt Lake City, UT this week. 

The event welcomed rural wireless carriers from five states including Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Oregon, and included three days of social and educational activities for attendees.

The conference kicked off on Monday, August 10th with a golf outing at Glendale Golf Course followed by a social that evening. The following two days included educational presentations from several speakers in the wireless industry. Presentation topics included VoLTE, digital innovations, spectrum & auctioning, and the future of wireless communication.

Randy Ritchie, Business Development Manager at Sprint Wireless updated conference attendees on their plans to collaborate with RINA which would provide smaller carriers low-cost access to Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE network and an opportunity to access an expanded portfolio of 4G LTE devices. Other speakers included representatives from Syniverse, Interop, Ericsson, Bennet & Bennet, Yaana, and CCA. WUG attendees also got the opportunity to address specific company issues in Technical and Marketing/Customer Service roundtables led by fellow switching partner affiliates.

Thank you to the sponsors who made this event possible: Ericsson, Digital Innovations, Syniverse, Interop, IngramMicro Mobility, Yaana, Phoenix Telecom, Rohde & Schwarz, Blackburn & Stoll, Alcatel-Lucent, Tempest Telecom, Huber & Suhner, Dali Wireless, Z-Nitro, T3 Wireless, Eupen Cable USA, and Trilogy.

 

July 9, 2015 - RINA Provides Economies of Scale to Small Operators

There’s more to the domestic telecommunications industry than the big four. Rural and independent operators have carved out a distinct market niche built on a strong foundation of providing reliable coverage and personalized customer service.

Scalability is a major industry buzzword and, clearly, it’s easier to realize economic benefits when operating at a large scale. But there is power in numbers and, for smaller operators, the upcoming Rural Independent Network Alliance (RINA) Wireless User Group Conference is a...

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Dec. 10, 2014 - Registration Now Open For 11th Annual Wireless Users Group

RINAs 11th Annual Wireless Users Group Conference is Scheduled For August 10-12, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT

The event will take place at the Double Tree in downtown, with a social event beginning August 10th and conference sessions taking place on the 11th and 12th.

The conference will kick off with an optional golf outing at Glendale Golf Course, followed by a social Monday evening. The following two days will include a general session with several speakers from the wireless industry, and two tracks: 1) Technical and 2) Marketing, Sales, & Customer Service.

Attendees and vendors can now register for WUG online at www.rinawireless.com. The deadline to register is July 24, 2015.

For more information on the 2015 WUG, please visit www.rinawireless.com. For questions about becoming a sponsor, please contact Teri Potter at 435.622.5233.

Sep. 5, 2014 - Sprint Reaches 4G LTE Roaming Agreements with RINA Wireless

Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider Program Now Includes 27 Carriers; Extends 4G LTE Coverage in 27 states, 565,000 square Miles and a Population of More Than 38 Million People.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 05, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that it has reached 4G LTE agreements with 15 additional rural and regional network carriers as part of the Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program it announced with Competitive Carriers Association earlier this year. The program gives smaller carriers a clear path forward to high speed mobile broadband solutions by providing the carriers low-cost access to Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE network and an opportunity to access an expanded range of mobile devices.

Including the new agreements, the program now includes 27 carriers, extending coverage in 27 states, over 565,000 square miles and a population of more than 38 million people. The 15 carriers joining the program are:

  • Bluegrass Cellular, serving Kentucky
  • Blue Wireless, serving New York and Pennsylvania
  • Pine Belt Wireless, serving Alabama
  • Pioneer Cellular, serving Oklahoma and Kansas
  • Public Service Wireless, serving Alabama and Georgia
  • Syringa Wireless, serving Idaho
  • Rural Independent Network Alliance (RINA) members and their partners:
  • STRATA Networks, serving Utah, Wyoming and Colorado
  • Silver Star Wireless, serving Wyoming and Idaho
  • All West Wireless Inc., serving Wyoming and Utah
  • NNTC, serving Colorado
  • Snake River Personal Communications Service, serving Oregon
  • CTC Telecom Inc., serving Idaho
  • South Central Communications Inc., serving Utah
  • Custer Telephone Wireless, serving Idaho
  • Breakaway Wireless, serving Utah

These agreements increase wireless competition by accelerating the deployment and utilization of 4G LTE across the U.S. where the cost of building such networks and the roaming costs are often prohibitively expensive. In addition to reducing roaming costs for carriers and improving competition, the Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program broadens Sprint’s coverage footprint by giving its customers the ability to roam on participating carriers’ networks.

“In just a few short months, Sprint has made significant progress by signing agreements covering 27 regional carriers that serve millions of people across the country,” said Michael C. Schwartz, Sprint senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development. “By working together, we will bring mobile broadband and better wireless devices to underserved communities while expanding 4G LTE coverage for Sprint customers.”

CCA Device Hub

As part of the program, Sprint is working with CCA, Brightstar Corp. and carriers to support a device ecosystem in which carriers may pursue access to a broad portfolio of 4G LTE devices. Leveraging Sprint’s scale can lower costs, improve time to market and expand the portfolio of devices available to regional carriers. Beginning in 2015, Sprint will make devices more compatible with regional carriers’ networks by adding support for additional spectrum bands including the AWS and lower 700MHz spectrum that are used by CCA member carriers. Sprint will also support device changes that allow regional carriers to provision, manage and brand devices independently through CCA’s Device Hub. Participating carriers will be able to work directly with Brightstar, which will be the exclusive distributor for device access and distribution.

CCA Roaming Hub

In addition, Sprint is collaborating with CCA on the Data Access Hub that serves as a clearinghouse for participating members to complete simple, commercially-sustainable and individually-negotiated reciprocal roaming agreements with CCA member operators. The CCA Data Access Hub expands collaboration opportunities among carriers, eases roaming implementation across carriers and makes it easier and less costly to expand 4G LTE coverage.

CCA’s President and CEO Steven K. Berry said, “I am very pleased Sprint has signed agreements with 15 additional carriers and is committed to working with smaller rural and regional carriers. Competitive carriers must have a pathway to 4G LTE technologies, and Sprint’s solution will help them achieve this critical goal. I encourage every CCA member to look at Sprint’s program, and I look forward to our continued work with Sprint on CCA’s Data Access Hub and Device Hub, which will bring numerous additional benefits to competitive carriers and their consumers. This innovative approach will allow small carriers to remain vibrant, independent competitors in the marketplace.”

About Competitive Carriers Association

CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s more than 100 carriers covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit competitivecarriers.org.

About the RINA Wireless Network

The RINA Wireless Networks is a cooperative, peer-to-peer combination of independent Communication Service Providers (CSPs) joining forces to secure the future of rural America. Providing Wireless Switching services, Core Hosting and investment in infrastructure with which the Cooperative arms its Members, and the manner in which they work for their individual and collective success, RINA helps to mitigate business and technology risk to yield successful and profitable deployment of 3G CDMA and 4G LTE services. The Cooperative believes in rural America and in the virtues of independence, community, and family. We also believe that irrespective of geography, every individual should have access to modern communications services that maintain those valuable connections.

July 31, 2014 - Rina Hosts 10th Annual Wireless Users Group

RINA Wireless Hosted Their 10th Annual Wireless Users Group Conference in Park City, UT Last Week

The event welcomed rural wireless carriers from four states including Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Oregon, and included three days of social and educational activities for attendees.

The conference kicked off on Monday, July 28th with a golf outing in Midway, UT which allowed for networking opportunities, and the chance to get to know other switching partners. The following two days included speed racing at Rocky Mountain Raceway, vendor showcases, and several speakers from the wireless industry.

Next year’s Wireless Users Group is scheduled for August 10-12, 2015 in downtown Salt Lake City. To register, attendees and vendors can visit www.rinawireless.com.

Dec. 22, 2005 - RINA Partnership Extends Into Colorado with Nucla-Naturita Telephone Co.

RINA Wireless is Proud To Welcome Nucla-Naturita Telephone Co.

An agreement was signed today that solidified NNTC’s involvement with the organization’s hosted switching services. While switching is shared between the partners, NNTC will continue to own and manage their respective cellular sites, and market their plans and services independently, under their own company name.

NNTC operates out of Nucla, Colorado and offers a variety of telecommunication services including DSL & email, landline and wireless phone packages, as well as additional calling features. They are proud to offer a range of wireless plans for both corporate and residential customers, in addition to competitive handsets from the latest manufacturers, including Motorola, LG and Samsung. NNTC is looking forward to collaborating with the RINA partners to better serve their customers.

NNTC will be welcomed by other rural telecommunication companies including STRATA Networks (Northeastern Utah), South Central Communications (Southwestern Utah), Silver Star PCS (Western Wyoming), All West Communications (Northern Utah).

Oct. 10, 2013 - Custer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Joins On As RINA Partner

RINA Wireless is Excited To Welcome Custer Telephone Cooperative to the RINA Partnership

RINA is looking forward to being able to share its resources and provide wireless switching services to yet another rural wireless CDMA carrier. While switching is shared between the partners, Custer Telephone will continue to own and manage their respective cellular sites, and market their plans and services independently, under their own company name.

Custer Telephone offers a broad range of high-quality, cost-effective services including long distance, high-speed internet, web design, wireless, and video. With a staff of highly-trained technicians, they are equipped to assist with business or residential phone systems, and local area networks. By providing innovative voice, data, and entertainment solutions, Custer Telephone can help customers stay on track in a fast paced world, without sacrificing the personal service they deserve. Custer Telephone credits their success to the 27 employees and 7 directors who all share a commitment to the quality of service and the friendly face that customers can count on each and every time you walk in their door.

Custer Telephone will be welcomed by other rural telecommunication companies including STRATA Networks (Northeastern Utah), South Central Communications (Southwestern Utah), Syringa Wireless (Southeastern Idaho), Silver Star PCS (Western Wyoming), All West Communications (Northern Utah), Cambridge Telecom Cooperative (Southeastern Idaho), Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company (Western Colorado), and Snake River PCS (Oregon).

April 28, 2009 - Rina Wireless Welcomes Breakaway Wireless As Rina Partner

RINA Wireless Signs an Agreement With Breakaway Wireless

Today, RINA Wireless signed an agreement with Breakaway Wireless (formerly Manti Telephone Company) for hosted switching services, welcoming them into a group of rural CDMA carriers who, together, provide a variety of telecommunication services to a range of customers.

Operating out of Manti, UT, Breakaway Wireless is a local wireless provider offering unlimited extended local coverage, in addition to a variety of cell phones and accessories from leading manufacturers. The company prides itself in offering services and options that customers would only expect from a national carrier, but with a local touch.

Breakaway Wireless will be welcomed by other rural telecommunication companies including STRATA Networks (Northeastern Utah), South Central Communications (Southwestern Utah), Syringa Wireless (Southeastern Idaho), Silver Star PCS (Western Wyoming), All West Communications (Northern Utah), Cambridge Telecom Cooperative (Southeastern Idaho), Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company (Western Colorado), and Snake River PCS (Oregon).

March 9, 2006 - Cambridge Telecom Cooperative Joins Forces With RINA Wireless

Today, RINA Wireless Announced Their Latest Switching Partner, Cambridge Telecom Cooperative (CTC)

RINA is excited to expand its partnership to yet another telephone company who can add to a group of already esteemed rural carriers.

As the newest partner of RINA Wireless, CTC will join a group of several other carriers who, together, operate as a single entity, affording them reduced roaming rates with national carriers and data roaming options. RINA partners can also benefit from a variety of telecommunication services including switching, networking, third party cell carriers with access to infrastructure, electronic communications transmission, and more. While these services are shared between partners, CTC will continue to own and manage their respective cellular sites, and market their plans and services under their own, individual company name. 
Operating out of Southeastern Idaho, CTC offers advanced services including high-speed DSL in many areas where larger corporations cannot. CTC was established in 1905 to bring phone service to Adams and Washington counties in Idaho. Since then, as telecommunication evolves, CTC is now able to offer the latest innovations including fiber optic lines for flawless, crystal clear communication, high-speed internet service that reaches 12 Mbps, custom calling features and more.

CTC will be welcomed by other rural telecommunication companies including STRATA Networks (Northeastern Utah), South Central Communications (Southwestern Utah), Syringa Wireless (Southeastern Idaho), Silver Star PCS (Western Wyoming), All West Communications (Northern Utah), Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company (Western Colorado), and Snake River PCS (Oregon).

Feb. 27, 2006 - RINA Wireless Expands Partnership With Snake River PCS

RINA Wireless Announced Today That Snake River PCS Will Be Joining Their Wireless Switching Partnership

Located in Oregon, Snake River PCS is the sixth carrier to partner with RINA and is looking forward to joining forces with other rural CDMA carriers.

As a switching partner, Snake River PCS will now be afforded reduced roaming rates with national carriers and data roaming options, and will have access to a variety of telecommunication resources. 
Snake River PCS started as a small, rural independent telephone company providing local service to the Richland, Oregon area. They have since expanded their services to New Bridge, Sparta, Eagle creek and the Connor Creek area. The company offers competitive phone plans, wireless services, and high-speed DSL/wireless internet. As technologies continue to develop and expand, Snake River PCS continues to grow and become an even more valuable resource to its customers. 
Snake River PCS will be welcomed by other rural telecommunication companies including STRATA Networks (Northeastern Utah), South Central Communications (Southwestern Utah), Silver Star PCS (Western Wyoming), All West Communications (Northern Utah), and Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company (Western Colorado).