C Spire Wireless has confirmed that it has selected French-US telecoms vendor Alcatel-Lucent to build and deploy the first stage of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Mississippi. The cellco’s previously announced USD60 million 4G network is expected to cover around 2,700 square miles across 20 markets, serving a potential customer base of 1.2 million. As part of the rollout Alca-Lu will supply C Spire with LTE base stations, IP mobile backhaul for both LTE and CDMA traffic, Wireless Packet Core (WPC) functionality and a complete IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS) network core, capable of supporting advanced IP-based services such as voice-over-LTE (VoLTE). Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of network operations for C Spire, commented: ‘In addition to the IMS core, we will be using state-of-the-art design and solutions, such as fibre and Ethernet backhaul, at every site and the latest Remote Radio Head (RRH) and four-branch diversity receiver technology [multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO)] for the base stations. These innovative approaches will help us maximise speed and coverage and provide our customers with a network experience that they expect from our company’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, last month C Spire confirmed that it had installed and tested all major core network elements, completed the second phase of base station installations at all 360 LTE sites and integrated Ethernet backhaul at around 70% of all cell towers.