Chicago – Wireless carrier U.S. Cellular outlined its 2013 timetable for expanding its 4G LTE network, which will expand by the end of the year to reach 87 percent of the population within its service area, up from a current 61 percent.
At the end of 2012, LTE reached 58 percent of the population within U.S. Cellular’s footprint.
By the end of 2013, consumers in 3,800 more cities and towns will get access to 4G LTE speeds up to 10 times faster than the carrier’s 3G speeds, the carrier said. LTE networks will be launched in cities in California, Kansas and Nebraska, and existing 4G LTE networks will be expanded to include additional cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
U.S. Cellular currently offers 10 4G LTE devices, including smartphones, a tablet, hotspots and a wireless modem.