C Spire Wireless has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build and deploy the initial phase of its 4G LTE network that will cover 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million and more than 360 cell sites. C Spire will invest $60 million for the initial phase of 4G LTE mobile broadband services in 20 Mississippi markets starting in September.
C Spire is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE solution, including base stations, IP mobile backhaul for 4G LTE and existing 3G CDMA traffic, wireless packet core (WPC) and a complete IP multi-media subsystem (IMS) network core.
“C Spire understands the needs of the market, and has selected Alcatel-Lucent based on the strength of our portfolio, our deep domain expertise deploying networks, and our rich history of innovation, which will help them continue to deliver a new breed of personalized applications and services at the speeds consumers are now craving,” said Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas region.
C Spire will also be using fiber and Ethernet backhaul at every site and the latest remote radio head (RRH) and four-branch diversity receiver technology for the base stations.
Since announcing the initial phase of its LTE plans in early March, C Spire has made significant progress in deploying key elements of its mobile broadband network, including installation and testing of all major core network elements, completion of the second phase of base station equipment installation and integration of Ethernet backhaul at more than 70 percent of the 360-plus cell sites slated for LTE service.