Mississippi-based mobile operator C Spire has confirmed that its ten-month project to deploy additional spectrum and boost network capacity is ‘virtually complete’, with 252 cell sites across 41 counties now upgraded. C Spire notes that it has utilised carrier aggregation (CA) to improve speeds and enhance spectral efficiency. The upgrade work follows a separate network-wide software installation at all of its 1,200-plus cell sites that will serve as the foundation for C Spire’s transition to 5G.
In an unrelated development, C Spire has struck a deal with a regional utility provider which will see it extend the availability of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service. By joining the Alabama Rural Broadband Coalition (ARBC), C Spire gains access to Alabama Power’s fibre-optic networks, which it will use to support broadband, pay-TV and voice services in the state. (Note: Alabama Power does not provide broadband services directly to consumers.) C Spire CEO Hu Meena said: ‘Our products and services transform communities, and we believe that access to ultra-high speed fibre internet is vital to the advancement of the education, healthcare and economic opportunity of everyone, regardless of the size of their town.’ The first town to receive fibre connectivity from C Spire will be Jasper, in 2020.