US Cellular to trial LTE in 2011; full deployment mooted for 2012

15 Nov 2010

Chicago-based United States Cellular Corporation (US Cellular) has confirmed that it plans to launch a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in 2012, with a test market trial mooted for late 2011. Fierce Wireless quotes US Cellular executive vice president Steven Campbell, who made the announcement during the Wells Fargo Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in New York City. Campbell admitted that the company has yet to select an equipment vendor, with a decision likely to be made in early 2011. Further, Campbell added that the company is keen to secure additional spectrum on which to run its services, but has not ruled out striking an agreement with a 4G operator such as Clearwire or LightSquared – which would give it additional capacity and reach. When pressed regarding his company’s plans, Campbell commented: ‘I don’t think we’re feeling a sense of crisis or urgency’. According to TeleGeography, as at June 2010 US Cellular was the sixth largest cellco in the US, with a subscriber base of 6.1 million.

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