C Spire Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent are working together to carry on the $60 million-dollar initial upgrade of 4G LTE mobile broadband network. The operator is the first ever to offer high-speed mobile broadband in the state of Mississippi. This is a step that everyone has already been expecting when it laid out its plan in March this year.
In an announcement done by C Spire, Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of Network Operations for C Spire Wireless, said that the company’s broadband services will be made available in 20 markets covering 2,700 square miles. With more than 360 cell sites to be deployed, a population of 1.2 million will be given a data speed ten times faster than what they have now.
Basically, C Spire will be using Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE technologies including but not limited to IP Mobile backhaul for both 4G LTE and existing 3G CDMA traffic, base stations, IP Multi-Media Subsystem, and Wireless Pocket Core. All these would allow C Spire to develop and offer new and advanced internet-based services like Voice-over LTE (VoLTE).
“These innovative approaches will help us maximize speed and coverage and provide our customers with a network experience that they expect from our company,” Hollingsworth said.
The partnership with Alcatel-Lucent will give C Spire access to Bell Labs’ (subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent) technologies to make its services better. This research center has contributed a lot to the discovery of many technological breakthroughs as well as the transformation of the communications and networking services.
C Spire has already made significant progress since it announced its plan to deploy 4G LTE in March. It had already installed and tested all major core networking elements and completed the second phase of base station installment and integration that stretches through all the 360 cell sites. C Spire hasn’t provided a specific date as to when this upgrade would be completed but experts believe the company is bracing for a major launch in 4th quarter.