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TMCNet:  Nokia Siemens launches 4G LTE network for US Cellular and King Street Wireless

[January 21, 2013]

Nokia Siemens launches 4G LTE network for US Cellular and King Street Wireless

Jan 21, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Nokia Siemens Networks, a data networking and telecommunications equipment company, has launched a 4G LTE network for US 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 US 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 US Cellular and is a continuation of Nokia Siemens Networks's 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.

"US 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 US 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." Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing the 4G LTE access network and expanding the EPC capacity to support US Cellular's new markets. This includes 4G LTE base stations (eNode Bs), using Nokia Siemens Networks's Flexi Multiradio Base Station, and Mobile Management Entity (MME). The agreement also covers network implementation services as well as hardware and software services. Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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