T-Mobile to acquire iWireless

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- T-Mobile US, Inc. announced on September 26 that they will expand their Iowa geography through a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining interest of Iowa Wireless (iWireless) from Aureon.

iWireless is a regional wireless provider that serves about 75,000 customers in Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska.

The agreement will give customers of iWireless access to all of T-Mobile’s Un-carrier benefits.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 or early 2018.

“We’re taking T-Mobile to every corner of the country and this deal shows our commitment to expanding in the heart of America,” John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile said. “We’ve been disrupting the wireless industry for the benefit of consumers for the last five years now and customers in Iowa will be able to experience the benefits firsthand.”

Aureon’s CEO, Ron Keller, said “T-Mobile, Aureon and our independent telephone company partners built iWireless over a period of nearly 20 years. Going forward, iWireless will benefit from T-Mobile’s unrelenting focus on growth and continued investments in a high-quality network experience for their customers.”

By the end of the year, the T-Mobile expects to expand LTE coverage to 321 million people.

In Iowa, T-Mobile will expand its LTE coverage this year in addition to further investment and buildout of 600 MHz in the future.

T-Mobile plans to open 3,000 stores in 2017, including 1,500 T-Mobile stores and 1,500 MetroPCS stores.

The company expects to have 17,000 branded locations across the country by the end of 2017.