Though fellow regional carrier MetroPCS has been arguably the most aggressive carrier in all of North America in getting LTE live
, it looks like US Cellular
is taking a slightly more laid-back approach. At a conference in New York today, USCC's CFO announced that they're looking at deploying one LTE test market in the latter part of 2011, moving on to a full-force launch in 2012. In the same breath, he mentioned that they'd be interested in making a deal with a company like Clearwire
that would give them access to more spectrum for 4G (or make that 4G-like
) services, but that they're not "feeling a sense of crisis or urgency" on the matter -- in other words, let's not everyone switch over to US Cellular at once when LTE goes live, lest the network spontaneously melt into the Earth's crust.