Chicago – Regional carrier U.S.
Cellular, which previously announced plans to roll out 4G LTE service in March in
select markets, said it will further expand its LTE network in the second half
to reach 54 percent of the population in its network footprint.
The March rollout will reach 25
percent of the population in the carrier’s markets.
U.S. Cellular also announced plans
to offer additional LTE devices. Previously, the carrier said March’s network
launch would coincide with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE tablet
followed soon by the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator LTE smartphone, which enables
users to talk and access the web simultaneously. Those devices will be joined
in the spring by the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot, and the company
promised to launch a 4G LTE modem and additional 4G LTE smartphones throughout
the rest of the year.
Samsung Mobile Hotspot provides Internet connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled
The March rollout of LTE service includes
select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. Some
of these cities include Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar
Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C.
By the end of 2012, additional
markets offering LTE will include select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland,
Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont,
Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Some of the
cities included are in the areas of Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and
Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.;
Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.;
Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit,
U.S. Cellular is rolling out 4G
service in conjunction with King Street Wireless, in which the carrier is a
limited partner. King Street Wireless was the winning bidder of 152 700MHz
wireless licenses covering portions of 27 states. The licenses are in markets that
are either next to or overlap with current U.S. Cellular license areas.