Netgear and Springfield Wireless, two of the country’s fastest-growing wireless carriers, have announced that they will open up more than 1,000 additional network slots by the end of next year.
The announcements, which came in partnership with the FCC, come as wireless carriers are increasingly focusing on the growing number of smartphone users and more mobile devices on the market.
In addition, the announcements came on the heels of a massive deal announced by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, which will see the providers deploy 1.3 million more wireless devices in the US.
Netgear andSpringfield will open the new slot to 2,200 customers by the second half of 2018, up from 1,500 by the first half of 2019, the carriers said in a press release on Tuesday.
Netfield’s network expansion will begin in the second quarter of 2019.
Springfield’s expansion will be completed in the first quarter of 2020, the announcement stated.
In addition to the new network slots, Netgear will also expand the number of data connections that can be made between its customers’ homes and the rest of the network.
The company will offer a new data plan for customers who opt to have two or more phones on their home network.
The new service will cost $50 per month for two or three customers.
The carrier will also be able to offer two-month contracts for customers.
Springfields network expansion also includes plans to add 500,000 wireless hotspots.
In the first three quarters of 2019 and 2020, Netfield added more than 20,000 hotspots, up 30 percent from the same periods a year ago.