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C Spire Wireless Activates Four New Cell Sites in Lawrence County to Extend Network Coverage and Offer Mobile Broadband Service

$1 Million Expansion Offers Faster Internet Connections, New and Improved High-Speed Data Services and Access to Multimedia Applications to More Than 13,000 Consumers and Businesses

 

Ridgeland, Miss. (December 5, 2011) – C Spire Wireless, the only wireless provider in the U.S. that offers a suite of personalized wireless services, today announced activation of four new cell sites in Lawrence County to improve network coverage and capacity and expand wireless voice and data services to more than 13,000 consumers and businesses.

 

The new cell sites represent a $1 million capital investment, nearly double the number of sites in the county to nine and expand availability of high-speed mobile broadband services and in-building coverage in the city of Monticello and north and south of the city along Highway 27 and Highway 44 near Jayess.

 

With the addition of the four new cell sites, consumers and businesses in the county should experience faster uploads and downloads and gain access to new and expanded voice and mobile high-speed data services, including mobile video telephony, high-quality music and other multimedia applications.

 

“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,” said Terrell Knight, director of business and government sales and marketing for C Spire Wireless. “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.”

 

Local business leaders and government officials praised C Spire for the decision to expand its network and invest in the economic future of the city of Monticello and Lawrence County.

 

“Fast, ubiquitous and reliable wireless coverage is not just a quality of life issue, it’s an economic development issue,” said Bob Smira, president of the 100-member Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses want to locate and grow in communities where they know they can stay connected with their customers, which is why continued investment by C Spire is so critical to our success,” he added.

 

Monticello Mayor David Nichols II said construction and activation of the new cell sites reinforces the importance of a robust wireless telecommunications infrastructure. “C Spire’s investment in the city of Monticello and Lawrence County is great news,” Nichols said. “Infrastructure improvements like this are critical ingredients in our efforts to create new jobs and expand our local and regional economy.”

 

The new cell sites in Lawrence County are part of a $10 million plan to expand C Spire mobile broadband services to 238 cell sites in 61 cities and 65 counties in portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee and compliments a $90 million network expansion program announced earlier this year 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.

 

When the latest coverage additions are complete early next year, advanced mobile broadband services will be available to nearly 4.7 million consumers and businesses, according to Knight. Since 2003, C Spire has invested more than $1 billion in network infrastructure improvements.

 

C Spire has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the U.S. wireless industry and Knight 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 www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire Wireless and its products and services, visit www.cspire.com .