|C Spire Wireless To Debut Fixed Wireless Services in Mississippi|
By Guile Canencia on September 26, 2017
C Spire Wireless has recently announced that it will be launching fixed wireless services in eight initial locations within the state of Mississippi. These markets are Greenville, Vicksburg, Columbus, Greenwood, Indianola, West Point, Belzoni, and Louisville. The overall plan is to cover 200,000 customers and business establishments in the Magnolia state by taking full advantage of different forms of wireless tech and various spectrums.
This announcement marks the first time that C Spire Wireless has tried its hand at fixed wireless services. The carrier is considered by many as the sixth biggest mobile operator in the United States, behind the Big Four ( Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) and US Cellular. Current estimates peg the company’s customer base at a million mobile users.
With regards to the initial eight markets getting fixed wireless services soon, C Spire Wireless is looking to offer the service at $55 per month, without any cap on the usage. The mobile operator, however, did mention that it reserves the right to make sure its network and the overall customer experience is at optimum, which suggests that there may be some “prioritization” involved.
C Spire Wireless also stated that it is also planning to debut a wireless fiber service some time in the future. This service promises to deliver connection speeds of up to 100 mbps, and will first be rolled out to 70,000 customers and business establishments, and then eventually to 130,000 more users and enterprises (no pricing has been made public yet). To make sure the connection speeds remain fast, the wireless fiber service will not be going with last mile fiber construction, which not only can be costly, but also slow at times. The company said that according to the results of tests it had recently conducted, fixed wireless speeds are capable of reaching 1 gbps.
Apart from C Spire Wireless, other big carriers are also busy with their own respective fixed wireless efforts. Some may remember that back in June earlier this year, AT&T had revealed that it had completed its deployment of fixed wireless internet service at 70,000 locations across nine states, namely Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Three months ago, the number 2 biggest mobile operator in the country had stated that it was planning to further expand its fixed wireless service to 400,000 locations before the start of 2018, hoping to reach 1.1 million locations by decade’s end.