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U.S. Cellular Picks NSN for LTE

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CHICAGO -- Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully launched a 4G LTE network for U.S. Cellular and its partner, King Street Wireless*, in 11 markets covering select cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. Nokia Siemens Networks was selected by U.S. Cellular for the second wave of the 4G LTE network rollout, providing Radio Access Network (RAN) and Mobile Management Entity (MME) technology. This rollout represents a new mobile broadband and services deployment contract with U.S. Cellular and is a continuation of Nokia Siemens Networks’ excellent relationship with the operator. Previously, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Evolved Packet Core (EPC)** and Home Subscriber Services (HSS) in the first wave of the 4G LTE rollout. The installation of the 4G LTE core was included in nine separate markets. “U.S. Cellular is focused on providing the world's best customer experience and delivering industry-leading innovations. We are building on this commitment by rapidly expanding the 4G LTE network, which currently covers 58 percent of our customers and will reach 87 percent of our customers by the end of this year,” said Michael Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer for U.S. Cellular. “Nokia Siemens Networks launched 11 of our markets to help us meet this aggressive timeline and completed the deployment of the core network elements ahead of schedule.” Nokia Siemens Networks

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