Wednesday, February 1, 2012

U.S. Cellular to Launch LTE Next Month

U.S. Cellular, which serves about 5.9 million mobile users, plans to launch its first LTE markets next month in partnership with King Street Wireless. Initial markets include Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C. U.S. Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer 4G LTE in several of these markets. The next wave of market launches will be announced later this month.

The 4G LTE network will cover 25 percent of U.S. Cellular's customers and will coincide with the launch of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE mobile tablet, followed shortly by the Samsung Galaxy Aviator 4G LTE smartphone.

King Street Wireless currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular's customers in several of the carrier's markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.