Iowa-based mobile service provider iWireless has announced plans to invest over USD35 million in upgrading its 2G and 3G networks, and launching Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the second half of 2015. The operator will roll out LTE in the cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Marshalltown, Muscatine, and the ‘Quad Cities’ (Davenport, Bettendorf, Moline and Rock Island) via a roaming deal with parent company T-Mobile US. CEO Craven Shumaker commented: ‘It’s an exciting time for iWireless, and we are pleased to bring LTE technology to our customers both urban and rural.’
Earlier this month, TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Nokia Networks had been awarded a technology evolution contract by iWireless under which Nokia is modernising the operator’s existing networks and deploying its end-to-end LTE infrastructure.
Headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa, iWireless is a partnership between mobile giant T-Mobile US and Iowa Network Services (INS). The latter is privately owned by a group of 127 independent telephone companies that together serve 500,000 rural Iowans.