US cellco MetroPCS has launched 4G LTE services in the Los Angeles and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, the fourth and fifth cities in its planned nationwide rollout. As previously reported in CommsUpdate, MetroPCS switched on its inaugural Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network in Las Vegas in September, cementing its place as the first mobile operator to launch commercial LTE services in the United States. Further network rollouts – in Boston, Atlanta, Jacksonville, New York, Miami, Orlando, Sacramento, San Francisco and Tampa – are scheduled for deployment late this year, and early 2011.
CEO Roger D. Linquist commented: ‘Our value-conscious consumers are looking to do more with wireless services and handsets, including quick and easy access to social networking sites, 4G internet browsing and streaming music and video content. As the only no annual contract, pay-in-advance service provider offering 4G LTE services, we are building on the successful commercial launches of 4G LTE service in Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth and Detroit with the launches of our 4G LTE service in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. With a compelling handset line-up and a superior network, we deliver unmatched value with the flexibility, predictability and affordability that consumers demand’.