NSN-U.S. Cellular LTE Team-Up Covers 11 Markets

By Craig Galbraith Comments

Nokia Siemens Networks on Wednesday announced the successful launch of a 4G LTE network for U.S. Cellular and its partner, King Street Wireless, in 11 markets.

U.S. Cellular chose NSN for the second wave of its LTE rollout; Nokia Siemens is providing the Chicago-based carrier with Radio Access Network (RAN) and Mobile Management Entity (MME) technology.

This rollout is part of a new mobile broadband and services deployment contract between the two companies, which have worked together before. 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.

“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 Michael Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer for U.S. Cellular.

Under the new contract, Nokia Siemens Networks 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's Flexi Multiradio Base Station, and Mobile Management Entity (MME). The agreement also covers network implementation services as well as hardware and software services.

The markets, first identified last month, are in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

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