UScellular launches 5G in eastern Iowa, Illinois QC

US cellular 5g

UScellular has launched its 5G mid-band network in eastern Iowa and across the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities to enhance the mobile, home and business internet experience for customers in the area. 

This new 5G network has more capacity and low latency for smoother data processing and can deliver speeds up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE and current low-band 5G networks, the Chicago-based wireless provider said in a news release.

The 5G mid-band network launch includes: Anamosa, Asbury, Belle Plaine, Bettendorf, Burlington, Camanche, Cascade, Clinton, Davenport, Dubuque, Dyersville, Fort Madison, Iowa City, Iowa Falls, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, Muscatine, Oskaloosa, Robins, Tama, Walford, Waterloo, Waverly and West Burlington in Iowa; as well as the western Illinois communities of Albany, East Moline, Moline and Rock Island.

UScellular’s investments in upgrading towers with 5G mid-band technology are helping local customers with a mid-band capable smartphone, such as the iPhone 14, experience increased speeds today. 5G mid-band also can enhance home and business internet using fixed wireless technology. With fixed wireless, a home or business wirelessly connects to a nearby cell tower, which provides a high-speed broadband connection via a wireless signal – as opposed to the wired connection provided by fiber or cable. 

“Broader 5G coverage with mid-band technology provides consumers and businesses with even faster data connection speeds for a better experience at home or on-the-go,” Joshua Olbricht, UScellular’s director of sales and operations for east Iowa, said in the release. “This new 5G technology builds on our current network, and we will continue to add more mid-band capable smartphones, tablets, routers and IoT devices in the coming months and years.”

UScellular expects to cover 1 million households by the end of the year and 3 million households by the end of 2024. It now offers low-band, mid-band and high-band mmWave 5G speeds and services in select areas. The company is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States.

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