U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States, plans to launch 5G services in key markets this year, and says it will leverage underappreciated 5G technologies in an effort to improve service for rural customers. The carrier will focus on relatively low-frequency radio spectra that larger rivals and have downplayed in their 5G launches.

According to a report from , U.S. Cellular CTO Mike Irizarry is hoping to use elements of the 5G standard that “other carriers might not be aware of or not think that they’re important,” hinting that those elements were related to the needs of its rural customer base. Notably, the carrier expects to use 600MHz, 800MHz, AWS (1700/2100MHz), and PCS (1900MHz) bands to provide 5G service, and is currently bidding

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