C Spire Picks AlcaLu for LTE Deployment

C Spire is using Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) as its network supplier for its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployment in the U.S., the operator said Monday.

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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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:46 PM
re: C Spire Picks AlcaLu for LTE Deployment

Back in November 2010, LR Mobile reported that Samsung was deploying LTE for CellSouth (as they were called then). The 4G service was originally supposed to launch in Q4 2011.


Of course, LightSquared was supposed to be their roaming partner too. C Spire really haven't had much luck getting their service off the ground have they?

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:28:46 PM
re: C Spire Picks AlcaLu for LTE Deployment

Any indication as to why they're ditching Samsung for AlcaLu? Seems like Samsung was racking up wins with the smaller operators too.

Ed Elkin 12/5/2012 | 5:28:44 PM
re: C Spire Picks AlcaLu for LTE Deployment

The announcement also includes VoLTE, http://tinyurl.com/6nzbdh6

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