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U.S. Cellular calls 2013 LTE expansion; 87% footprint coverage by year end

Regional wireless operator U.S. Cellular said it was on tap to expand LTE services to more than 3,800 cities and towns across its coverage footprint by the end of the year, expanding current coverage that it claims encompasses 61% of its current customer base. The expansion will push the carrier’s LTE footprint to 87% of its customer footprint.

U.S. Cellular’s LTE network is being rolled out in partnership with King Street Wireless, which won 700 MHz spectrum licenses in parts of 27 states during the Federal Communications Commission auction in 2008. Those licenses included 12 megahertz of spectrum for each license. U.S. Cellular initially rolled out LTE services last year, having pushed back its initial launch plans that were set for late 2011.

New markets set to be part of the latest expansion include Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.; Eureka and Ukiah, Calif.; and Manhattan, Kan.

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