Companies that assist carriers with building a wireless network. The affiliate may use the primary carrier's brand name, network operations, customer service or other facilities.
Companies who work with larger carriers to build a nationwide network. Affiliates may use the larger carrier's brand name, network operations, customer service or other resources.
Under US Securities Law, the term affiliate refers to a person who may have the ability to impact the performance of a given company's securities. For instance, directors, senior management, strategic investors, etc., may fall under the legal definition of affiliate. Affiliates need therefore to hold their securities in restricted facilities. Legal advice is recommended to identify who may be considered an affiliate within the company.