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Thread: U.S. Cellular sets 5G launch in Wisconsin, Iowa for early 2020

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    U.S. Cellular sets 5G launch in Wisconsin, Iowa for early 2020

    U.S. Cellular, the nation’s fifth-largest wireless carrier, announced Wednesday that it will launch 5G service in Iowa and Wisconsin during the first quarter of 2020.

    The carrier’s initial deployment will use 600 MHz spectrum, which is the same low-band spectrum that T-Mobile, the country’s third-largest carrier, is first using to deliver broad 5G coverage. Devices with support for 600 MHz still need to get into more consumers’ hands, but U.S Cellular said even customers with 4G devices will start to experience better network quality as the carrier upgrades cell sites with new 5G-capable technology.

    U.S Cellular’s 5G deployment using low-band spectrum will cover hundreds of communities across rural and urban areas in Wisconsin and Iowa, which are two of U.S Cellular’s largest markets.
    https://www.fiercewireless.com/5g/u-...for-early-2020

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    USCC has 3 blocks of 15+15 600 Mhz here in Mendocino County, in rural Northwest California, as well as in neighboring Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. They also have that in Central Oregon, while in the rest of their NW Market (NorCal, OR, WA), they have 2 blocks of 10+10. Strangely, they don't have any 600 in Lassen or Plumas Counties, which are also part of their NorCal coverage area (Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen and Plumas Counties), while having it in two NorCal counties they don't even provide service in, Shasta and Tehama Counties.

    http://maps.spectrumgateway.com/us-c...r-600-mhz.html

    However, at that frequency, 5G won't really be any faster than LTE is. I hope they don't let their LTE go downhill in a rush to keep up with the other guys, LTE still has a LOT of life left in it, and then some.

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