US Cellular Getting it’s Lower 700MHz LTE Network Online By March!

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 US Cellular announced that they are rolling forward with their LTE deployments. Their networks are going live in areas in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma, and their key markets of Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C. In March and they noted that 

U.S. Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer 4G LTE in several of these markets. Bravo!

 Naturally they are launching Android based Samsung tablet and a Samsung Smartphone.  

Most interestingly, they are launching within their lower 700Mhz so this would be a first mover in the band, potentially first of many. With their 3G in PCS and AWS, they can easily support Simultaneous Voice and LTE (SVLTE) using the lower 700MHz. Here is a map of their current spectrum holdings.

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