C-Spire customers in the Mississippi Delta may be experiencing faster speeds and better connections these days.
At least that’s the result the Mississippi-based telecommunications giant is hoping for after a 10-month project adding more wireless spectrum and carriers to 53 cell sites across 13 Delta counties, including Sunflower County has now been completed.
“As a customer-inspired company, we are constantly fine tuning our network to ensure adequate capacity, performance and speeds so that consumers and businesses in the Delta and across Mississippi can rely on us for all of their personal and professional mobile voice and data needs,” said Brian Caraway, general manager of C Spire’s wireless unit in a release last week.
C-Spire said in the release the project is part of an effort to strengthen its core network and prepare for the next generation of cellular technology.
The spectrum project comes on the heels of a separate, massive company effort to install new base stations and software at all of its 1,200-plus cell sites that will serve as the foundation for C Spire’s transition to 5G, which promises to radically alter how consumers live, work and play and how businesses thrive in the new 21st century digital economy, the release said.
Caraway said the company has used some of its supply of low and mid-band spectrum and added capacity and carriers where needed to improve speeds and connections.
“We have added carriers at these sites that, in many cases, have doubled capacity and tripled speeds – depending on the need,” he said.
Here’s a list of the major improvements C-Spire has recently made in Sunflower and the surrounding counties.
• A Bolivar County cell site near Rosedale where doubling low-band spectrum and increasing mid-band spectrum resulted in dramatic speed and capacity improvements
•Seven Grenada County sites where capacity was doubled at sites and speeds boosted with mid-band spectrum upgrades
•Three Carroll County sites where low-band spectrum was doubled to boost speeds and capacity
•A Sharkey County cell site near Rolling Fork where doubling low-band spectrum boosted cellular speeds and aided capacity offload
•A Holmes County cell site where high-band spectrum was added to existing low-band to boost capacity and speeds
•Four Humphreys County sites where low-band spectrum was doubled to boost speeds and capacity
•Nine LeFlore County sites where low-band spectrum was doubled to boost speeds and capacity
•Two Montgomery County sites where low-band spectrum was doubled to boost speeds and capacity
•Three Panola County sites where low-band spectrum was doubled to boost speeds and capacity
•Eight Sunflower County sites where mid-band spectrum was added to boost data speeds
•Five Tallahatchie County sites where the addition of mid-band carriers resulted in a 50 percent increase in bandwidth
•Two Yalobusha County sites that serve the towns of Water Valley and Coffeeville where capacity and speed improvements have been aided by mid-band spectrum upgrades
•Seven Coahoma County sites where low-band spectrum was tripled and mid-band bandwidth was boosted by 50 percent, resulting in increased speeds and capacity, particularly in Clarksdale.