The regional cellular provider says it will spend $60 million on the initial phase of 4G LTE services in 20 Mississippi markets starting this September. The network will use more than 360 cell sites covering 2,700 square miles and of a population of 1.2 million in the state.
The operator formerly known as Cellular South currently offers 3G CDMA services in Mississippi and parts of Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. It says that the new service will "provide four out of every ten consumers and businesses in Mississippi with wireless data speeds up to 10 times faster than today." (See What We Mean When We Say '4G'.)
C Spire will be able to offer LTE on the Samsung Corp. Galaxy S III smartphone when it launches the 4G service.
Why this matters AlcaLu is wrapping up many of the larger and smaller LTE contracts in the U.S. The vendor is already a 4G network supplier for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Verizon Wireless .
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