No single technology fits every type of rural environment. As a result, the C Spire Rural Broadband Consortium is testing several wireless and wireline options to connect different rural areas.

TV WHITE SPACE TESTING

TV White Spaces (shared spectrum with TV broadcasters below 700 MHz) is a relatively untapped frequency band with the potential to provide non line-of-site coverage in rural areas. See lessons learned from consortium testing in several rural Mississippi areas.

MASSIVE MIMO MACRO-SITE TESTING

Massive MIMO is a multi-antenna wireless technology that greatly enhances capacity, particularly in urban and dense urban environments where there are many closely-spaced users. Tests using LTE on C Spire's 2.5 GHz spectrum in a rural Mississippi area are being planned.

More information coming soon.

5 GHZ UNLICENSED MICRO-CELLULAR TESTING

Using 5 GHz unlicensed spectrum with a micro-cellular architecture significantly increases the potential number of users and data rates per user, but only when the users themselves are more densely clustered (small town).

More information coming soon.

FIBER BREAKOUT TESTING

There are many long haul fiber routes crisscrossing the US that pass through or near small rural towns. Most fiber advancements focus on increasing capacity and connections. Finding cost-effective and efficient ways to surface fiber to serve small rural communities is critically important to solving the rural broadband problem.

More information coming soon.