Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has launched a 4G LTE network for U.S. Cellular and its partner, King Street Wireless, in 11 markets in the USA. The network covers select cities in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
NSN was selected by U.S. Cellular for the second wave of its 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 NSN’s relationship with the operator. Previously, NSN 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.
Under the contract, NSN is providing the 4G LTE access network and expanding the EPC capacity to support U.S. Cellular’s new markets. This includes 4G LTE base stations (eNode Bs), using NSN award-winning flexi multiradio base station, and mobile management entity (MME). The agreement also covers network implementation services, as well as hardware and software services.
‘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% of our customers and will reach 87% 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,’ said Irizarry.
Nokia Siemens Networks said it has 77 commercial references in place for the delivery of LTE and 206 WCDMA radio customers. NSN also claims to have more 3G and LTE contracts than any other vendor.