Raco to support Audi's LTE rollout

US MVNO Raco Wireless says it has won a contract to support German carmaker Audi with the rollout of 4G LTE services.

The news comes shortly after Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) teamed up with US telecoms giant AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) on the launch of the 2015 Audi A3 sedan, which is being promoted as the first car in the US market that will include 4G LTE connectivity.

Audi plans to launch the 2015 Audi A3 sedan this spring.

Under its deal with Audi, Raco Wireless (Cincinnati, OH, USA) is to provide connectivity management, including round-the-clock call-center support, through the carmaker’s Audi Connect program.

In a statement, it said it would also work with AT&T on the delivery of the “most immersive in-car infotainment system available”.

“The momentum that we have been able to build with Raco Wireless as a partner has been tremendous,” said Anupam Malhotra, the senior of connected vehicles for Audi of America.

“Audi Connect continues to lead the industry when it comes to innovation, technology and overall experience – and we expect that to continue,” added Malhotra.

Raco Wireless said the new line-up of Audi A3 models would allow motorists and passengers to access real-time information, voice navigation and WiFi connectivity for up to eight devices.

Although the 4G service will initially be available only in the A3, Audi plans to introduce LTE technology throughout its vehicle line-up in future.

“Providing the highest level of service is of utmost importance to our team,” said Eddie Meyersick, the vice president of telematics for Raco Wireless. “We look forward to supporting Audi and AT&T as they expand their reach.”

Raco Wireless is typically heard championing the merits of lower-bandwidth network technologies for M2M communications, believing it can win business at the expense of US network operators by continuing to provide support for 2G systems.

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless (New York City, NY, USA) have announced plans to shut down their 2G networks by 2020.

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