U.S. Cellular has turned on its high-speed mobile network in Bend and the surrounding communities, the company announced Friday.
The Chicago-based company, which has 4.9 million customers in 23 states, is the latest to roll out 4G Long Term Evolution in Central Oregon. The service, which provides faster Web browsing and video streaming on smartphones and tablets, is available in Bend, Redmond, Alfalfa, Powell Butte, Terrebonne, Tumalo and at several destination resorts in the region, according to a news release.
Earlier this week, AT&T brought its 4G LTE network to Prineville, the first place east of the Cascades to get AT&T’s high-speed network. Verizon Wireless rolled out 4G LTE in Bend in October 2012, and BendBroadband’s wireless Internet service began using the technology in 2011.
Consumers must have smartphones or other devices capable of accessing 4G LTE networks. Most 3G devices cannot access 4G LTE.