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UScellular advances 5G spectrum strategy

February 1, 2022

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM) successfully executed its strategy to accumulate mid-band spectrum to enable its 5G growth strategy. Combining mid-band purchases of CBRS spectrum in Auction 105 and C-Band in Auction 107 with the spectrum acquired in recently-completed Auction 110, UScellular will have mid-band spectrum in the great majority of its operating footprint and over 80% of subscribers will be covered with mid-band spectrum depths of 100 MHz or more.

UScellular successfully bid for spectrum licenses in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 110 and purchased 380 licenses covering 97 percent of its subscribers for an estimated total cost of $580 million. The total cost, including gross bids as well as estimated relocation costs, results in an average price of $0.48 / MHz-pop versus the auction overall at $0.72 / MHz-pop.

"We know that to offer an exceptional 5G experience, we need all three layers of the 5G spectrum cake – low, mid and high band. And now with our successful participation in Auctions 105, 107 and 110, UScellular has achieved its mid-band position objectives," said Laurent Therivel, UScellular President and CEO.

Therivel continued, "We applaud the FCC for conducting this auction and making valuable spectrum available. We are also optimistic about working with the states related to the Infrastructure Bill as it offers opportunities for wireless 5G broadband deployment in underserved rural areas." 

"Network quality has always been the foundation of our strategy," said Michael S. Irizarry, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering and Information Technology. "As we continue our multi-year network modernization and 5G deployment, we currently have low-band 5G coverage in portions of all our markets. And now we have ample mid-band spectrum that will provide capacity and coverage to support 5G use cases with competitive speeds for both mobile and fixed wireless users." 

About UScellular
United States Cellular Corporation provides a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support, and a high-quality network to customers with 5.0 million connections in 21 states. The Chicago-based company employed approximately 4,900 associates as of September 30, 2021. At the end of the third quarter of 2021, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. owned 82 percent of UScellular. For more information about UScellular, visit

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 All information set forth in this news release, except historical and factual information, represents forward-looking statements. This includes all statements about the company's plans, beliefs, estimates, and expectations. These statements are based on current estimates, projections, and assumptions, which involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to; the ability to obtain access to adequate radio spectrum to meet current or anticipated future needs, including participation in FCC auctions; to accurately forecast its future spectrum requirements considering changes in plan offerings, customer usage patterns, technology requirements and the expanded demands of new services; the ability of the company to successfully construct and manage its networks; and the state and federal regulatory environment. Investors are encouraged to consider these and other risks and uncertainties that are more fully described under "Risk Factors" in the most recent filing of UScellular's Form 10-K, as updated by any UScellular Form 10-Q filed subsequent to such Form 10-K.

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