Regional US mobile operator C Spire Wireless has announced that it has inaugurated its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in four Mississippi markets, the first of 31 locations which are scheduled to receive the service before the end of October. A further six markets will be activated by the end of 2012 as part of the company’s rollout plan, while additional expansion in Mississippi and other states is expected in 2013. The initial deployment, which takes the form of 364 cell sites, will cover 2,700 square miles, covering a population of 1.2 million.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in March 2008 C Spire, then known as Cellular South, won a ten-year licence for 2×6MHz of 700MHz A Block spectrum covering 14 Economic Areas and 2×6MHz of 700MHz B Block spectrum covering ten cellular market areas (which lie in Band Class 12). The cellco said that the licences cover ‘virtually all of Mississippi and Tennessee and most of Alabama’. In mid-November 2010 the cellco contracted Samsung to supply network equipment for a LTE network deployment in the 700MHz band.