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4G Gets Small in the USA

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
1/16/2013
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Smaller operators are getting in on the LTE act in the U.S. with 4G market launches and deals. C Spire is launching three new markets in Mississippi to add to its 40 cities and towns in the area. The forthcoming markets from the operator formerly known as Cellular South are Laurel, Philadelphia and Vicksburg in Mississippi. Nokia Siemens Networks, meanwhile, has revealed that it is part of the of the latest wave of LTE deployments from U.S. Cellular. NSN is providing Radio Access Network (RAN) and management technology for 11 markets deployed late in 2012 covering cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. NSN has previously deployed Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Home Subscriber Services (HSS) technology in nine separate LTE markets for U.S. Cellular. U.S. Cellular now has more than 30 4G LTE markets deployed. "Currently, 58 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013," a U.S. Cellular spokeswoman tells Light Reading Mobile A 4G snapshot
As you see below, C Spire and U.S. Cellular have a small footprint in 4G LTE compared to the big three carriers. What they are doing, however, is bringing some semblance of 4G speeds to smaller towns and cities in some rural areas in the U.S. The next major 4G LTE launch to watch for in the U.S. will be in Las Vegas sometime this January, the first 4G LTE market for latecomer T-Mobile USA. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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1/18/2013 | 5:08:03 PM
re: 4G Gets Small in the USA
-áYeah that sounds about right. Also we don't have any concrete figures on what 4G speeds these smaller operators will offer but likely to less than the big guys.
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1/18/2013 | 5:03:34 PM
re: 4G Gets Small in the USA
Dan,

I think there are 2 challenges and some possibilities:

- In places where there is good DSL coverage in rural areas, you would be the 3rd vendor in on high speed broadband. -áThat seems like a really bad way to make money. -áThis would be in the more urban of the areas in RBOC country. -á

- I think that if you are still on dial-up, then your chances of actually wanting to spend money on broadband is minimal. -á3G and even Edge is better than Dial-up.

The place that I see 4G as a DSL replacement is actually in the places where there is not DSL in RBOC territories.

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1/18/2013 | 4:32:14 PM
re: 4G Gets Small in the USA
All this is more fuel for the concept of 4G as DSL or at least dial-up replacement, it seems to moi.
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