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U.S. Cellular to get faster, expanded network

Good news for all you U.S. Cellular prepaid customers. The nation’s No. 6 wireless carrier has signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent which will give them a larger and faster network. Any maneuver that helps improve service is huge for regional carriers like U.S. Cell. They’re up against enormous national networks with tens of millions of subscribers. The only question is whether this is enough to allow them to grow along with the larger carriers.

“We have the potential to deliver download speeds that are seven to eight times faster than today and uploads speeds that are twice as fast,” said Mike Dienhart, U.S. Cellular’s senior director of national network equipment.

The faster speeds will bring with it mobile video, audio, and other multimedia services. These kinds of services are almost necessities for carriers at this point if they want to remain competitive. It’s the way the industry is trending. Good to see U.S. Cellular doing what they can to keep up.

One Response

  1. Charlie Says

    How fast is 7-8 times faster? Is that 3G fast?


    Posted on October 20th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

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