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U.S. Cellular Aims for 133 LTE Markets in 2013

Dan Jones

U.S. Cellular is now aiming to have 4G LTE in 133 towns and cities by the end of 2013.

"4G LTE service has been deployed in 92 markets, and will be in 133 markets by the end of the year," a spokeswoman for the operator tells us. "Currently, 61 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and 87 percent are expected to be covered by the end of the year."

The operator has previously said that it expects to invest more in LTE, thanks to money from spectrum sell-offs.

Here's how U.S. Cellular Corp. (NYSE: USM) now stacks up in the 4G LTE race:

Table 1: 4G LTE Markets in the US

Operator 4G technology Number of markets Average download speeds
AT&T LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”) 397 Average of 18.6 Mbit/s downloads
Cricket (Leap Wireless) LTE 11 3-to-15 times faster than Leap's 3G
C-Spire LTE 40 markets up, 3 more coming soon Data speeds up to 10 times faster
MetroPCS LTE 30 markets 2 Mbit/s-15 Mbit/s (depending on market)
Sprint LTE & WiMax 151 LTE, 71 WiMax Average of 10.3 Mbit/s download
T-Mobile LTE (Also markets HSPA+ as “4G”) 116 markets Average of 25 Mbit/s downloads (on unloaded network)
U.S. Cellular LTE 92 markets Up to 10 times faster than 3G
Verizon Wireless LTE 500 markets 14.3 Mbit/s average download
Sources: Light Reading, carrier data, OpenSignal, RootMetrics

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Sabre
9/10/2013 | 1:38:53 PM
Re: New Marketing Slogan?
I'd have to say U.S. Cellular. Sounds too traditional and dull. Duller still given that new CEO Kenneth Meyers seems intent on killing off a lot of the consumer friendly perks that previously made the company more interesting. They are generally liked though, and IIRC they just topped J.D. Power's network quality ranking in their region, tying with Verizon.
User Rank: Light Sabre
9/10/2013 | 1:10:55 PM
Re: New Marketing Slogan?
Between US Cellular and MetroPCS, which brand is in greater need of a re-labeling refresh?
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9/10/2013 | 12:46:55 PM
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