C Spire is continuing its activation of 5G wireless technology for central Mississippi consumer and business customers, with eight markets in Madison and Rankin counties going live last month.
Earlier this year, C Spire turned up 5G service on 54 cell sites in Harrison and Jackson counties on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
C Spire is the nation’s 6th largest mobile operator. It recently activated 33 sites in Brandon, Canton, Florence, Madison, Pearl, Pelahatchie, Richland and Ridgeland, which means more of the new technology will be available for customers.
In all, C Spire has launched 155 sites since late last year, including Brookhaven in Lincoln County, Columbus in Lowndes County, parts of Hattiesburg in Forrest Count.
Further expansion is expected as C Spire invests $1 billion over the next three years– the largest capital investment in company history – as it continues the deployment of 5G wireless technology and build out of all-fiber Gigabit broadband internet in strategic parts of its service area.
The 5G activations are part of the company’s continuing network enhancements, including turning up additional Band 41 carriers with carrier aggregation, increased cell site antenna capacity with multi-layer MIMO, 256 QAM modulation for better spectral efficiency and network-wide optimization for balanced data delivery.
“We’re rapidly bringing consumers the benefits of new 5G wireless network technology where they need it the most with fast speeds, better service and an improved experience,” said Brian Caraway, general manager of C Spire’s wireless division, in a prepared statement. “Using a backbone of fiber optic infrastructure, we’re rolling out a better 5G network now and for the future.”
Caraway added that the company plans to continue to improve and enhance its current 4G LTE Advanced technology.