The company’s initial 5G deployment will be on the 600 MHz spectrum and provide customers with faster data speeds, a more responsive mobile experience and the ability to connect more devices to the network at the same time, Michael S. Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer of U.S. Cellular, said in a statement.
U.S. Cellular is starting its rollout in key markets in Iowa and Wisconsin, including Appleton and Green Bay. It will be the first phase of the company’s planned multiyear network expansion for 5G and is a result of previous network technology investments to modernize equipment and software, Irizarry said.
“Iowa and Wisconsin are two of our largest markets and we’re excited to introduce 5G technology to customers in both urban and rural communities where other carriers have not,” he said. “Broader 5G coverage will provide our customers with even faster data connection speeds for a better experience when they do the things they love on their devices.”
Customers in Iowa and Wisconsin with 4G devices will begin to see increased network quality as cell towers are updated with new technology, which also supports 5G. The company is also building a portfolio of 5G smartphones, connected devices and IoT solutions.
As the 5G network expands, customers will receive notification. Oshkosh is on the list of cities slated to receive 5G at some point during 2020.