The rollout will bring LTE to select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Oklahoma, and brings new LTE coverage to some of U.S. Cellular's markets in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.The next wave of market launches will follow shortly in Rockford, Ill., Medford, Ore., Yakima, Wash., and Knoxville, Tenn., the company said today.
By the end of the year, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular's customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds.
"With more than half of our customers having access to 4G LTE speeds by the start of the holiday season, we are helping customers simplify and organize their lives more quickly and easier than ever," David Kimbell, senior vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer for U.S. Cellular, said in a press release.
U.S. carriers have been racing to expand their 4G LTE coverage and catch up with leader Verizon Wireless. The faster data speeds allow users to do things like download video more quickly, and most new smartphones take advantage of LTE. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular lags behind its larger rivals, but its push with LTE should help it attract and hold on to customers.