U.S. Cellular customers in Iowa and Wisconsin will be the first to have access to the benefits of the company’s 5G network, beginning in the first quarter of 2020.

U.S. Cellular plans to roll out its 5G network in parts of 140 cities across Iowa early next year. Knoxville is one of the notable cities included in this roll-out.

The company’s initial 5G deployment will be on its 600 MHz spectrum and will 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.

This is the first phase of the company’s planned multi-year network expansion for 5G and is a result of previous network technology investments to modernize equipment and software.

“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,” said Michael S. Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer of U.S. Cellular. “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 the two states 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 building a portfolio of 5G smartphones, connected devices and IoT solutions that will be available throughout 2020.

U.S. Cellular will begin to turn on its 5G network in parts of many Iowa and Wisconsin communities next year. Customers in Iowa, Wisconsin and additional markets in the company’s footprint will be notified when 5G is available to them through local advertising and targeted marketing in 2020 and beyond.

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