C Spire Wireless Expands Advanced Mobile Broadband Coverage
Expansion Offers Faster Internet Connections, New and Improved High-Speed Data Services and
Access to Multimedia Applications to More Than 1.3 Million Consumers and Businesses
Ridgeland, Miss. (October 24, 2011) – C Spire Wireless, the only wireless provider in the U.S. that offers personalized wireless services, today announced the expansion of its high-speed wireless mobile broadband services to more than 1.3 million consumers and businesses.
The company plans to expand mobile broadband coverage to 238 cell sites in portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee by the end of this year as part of its continuing network expansion and readiness efforts for introduction of 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) services.
Last month, C Spire announced a $90 million network expansion program designed to pave the way for faster data speeds and more robust services, including significant boosts in network capacity, the addition of new and upgraded cell sites, the installation of thousands of miles of fiber optic cable and hundreds of enhanced backhaul connections.
As part of the today’s announcement, the company is spending an additional $10 million to expand mobile broadband services in 61 cities and 65 counties, enabling consumers and businesses to experience faster uploads and downloads, gain access to new and expanded mobile high-speed data services, including mobile video telephony, high-quality music and other multimedia applications.
With the addition of the latest coverage, advanced mobile broadband services will be available to nearly 4.7 million consumers and businesses, according to Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for C Spire Wireless. Since 2003, C Spire has invested more than $1 billion in network infrastructure improvements.
“Wireless devices are only as good as the network on which they work, which is why we’re aggressively expanding our advanced mobile broadband coverage,” Hankins said. “We want consumers and businesses to have the best possible wireless experience, whether they’re making a phone call, sending a text message, sharing videos and photos, checking the latest scores or making their business mobile.”
C Spire has the highest smartphone penetration rate in the U.S. wireless industry and Hankins said the company is determined to stay ahead of the explosive demand for high-speed mobile data services. “Our network has long had the reputation as being the one you can count on,” he said. “With smartphones, tablets and other mobile communications devices driving unprecedented demand for wireless access everywhere, we’re continuing to invest and expand our network to meet those needs and ensure an advanced broadband experience for everyone.”
Expanded mobile broadband coverage enables consumers and businesses using smartphones, tablets and other mobile communications devices to:
- Download and use apps, ranging from social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter to GPS-enabled Google maps
- Rapidly browse the mobile web to access news, sports, stock quotes, entertainment news and other information
- Work remotely with file sharing
- Download and play music from a variety of genres
- Send and receive emails to friends, family and co-workers with picture and video attachments
- Download and play 3D games
- Stream video and customized radio stations like Pandora and Slacker Radio
“Our network is built for data,” said Tony Kent, chief technology officer for C Spire. The company intends to continue to aggressively invest in its wireless network to increase coverage, capacity and speed, he added.
For more information on C Spire’s advanced mobile broadband network and services, go to www.cspire.com/coverage.
About C Spire Wireless
C Spire Wireless is a diversified wireless communications company passionately committed to helping customers by personalizing wireless services designed just for them. The company is the first wireless provider in the U.S. to personalize customers’ experience by offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways – all with seamless ease and at amazingly fast speeds. This news release and other announcements are available at http://www.cspire.com/news/. For more information about C Spire Wireless and its products and services, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.