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Cellular South Still On Schedule For 4G/LTE This Year



Last November Cellular South and Samsung announced that they were teaming up to roll out a 4G/LTE network on the nation’s largest independently owned carrier.  This week Cellular South revealed that they were still on schedule for a fourth quarter launch. They also highlighted an aggressive plan to make enhancements to their network.

Cellular South is using Samsung’s 4G/LTE networking equipment to upgrade their network. Samsung’s LTE equipment has undergone years of research and development and supports an open architecture which allows multi-vendor support. In other words Samsung’s equipment plays well with others.

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“Our industry-leading smartphone penetration rate is driving an explosive demand for mobile data services. These network enhancements will pave the way for the deployment of our 4G LTE network, which allows us to offer even faster speeds and deliver voice and data services with exceptional reliability and performance,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South.

According to a Cellular South press release they’ve completed these enhancements already:

  • Expanded network capacity by installing 110 spectrum carriers at 110 cell sites in 20 counties serving central and south Mississippi, the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Delta
  • Installed enhanced backhaul connections at 300 cell sites to enable 4G speeds and to boost capacity and handle more mobile traffic
  • Activated 20 new cell sites to expand coverage and network quality for wireless voice and data communications
  • Placed over 14,000 strand miles of single mode fiber optics to boost capacity, data transmission and network redundancy through an agreement with Jackson-based Telepak Networks, Inc., a full service provider of transport, Internet, telecommunications and network services
  • Added mobile broadband high speed data services on the Interstate 55 south corridor linking Jackson to Brookhaven, including Hazlehurst and Crystal Springs
  • Hankins said the company will perform these enhancements through the rest of 2011

    • Enhanced network capacity by installing 285 spectrum carriers at 258 cell sites serving 42 counties in other parts of its service area in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama
    • Installation of enhanced backhaul capacity at 308 cell sites to enable 4G speeds and to boost capacity and handle more mobile traffic
    • Activation of 51 new cell sites to expand coverage and network quality for wireless voice and data communications
    • Capacity boosts at major colleges this fall, including up to 150 percent capacity increases on the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Mississippi State University (MSU) and University of Southern Mississippi (USM) campuses and expanded coverage at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, the home of Jackson State University football
    • Placement of 32,400 strand miles of single mode fiber optics to boost capacity, data transmission and network redundancy through an agreement with Telepak Networks, Inc.
    • Addition of mobile broadband high speed data services for several areas in Mississippi, including Magee, Newton, Decatur, Union, Booneville and Baldwyn
    • Completion of an extensive, network-wide core and switching systems infrastructure capacity upgrade project with Alcatel-Lucent, one of the most experienced global network technology providers in the world

    Cellular South plans to have their 4G/LTE network live in the fourth quarter of this year and will include voice over LTE service.  They plan on completing the network over 2012.

    Source: Cellular South via Fierce Wireless

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