C Spire says Marion County consumers and businesses are experiencing faster speeds and better connections with the completion of a 10-month project to boost its network.
The company did work on 12 Marion County cell sites where low-band spectrum was doubled, resulting in capacity and speed improvements, particularly in and around Columbia, it said in a news release.
That was part of improvements to 51 cell sites in four counties (Marion, Covington, Wayne and Jones).
Work began in February and was virtually complete in November, C Spire said.
C Spire, which is based in Ridgeland, operates the nation’s largest privately owned mobile services firm. The targeted program is part of the firm’s broader efforts 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, the coming standard in wireless internet that promises much faster speeds.
Brian Caraway, general manager of C Spire’s wireless unit, 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. He said speeds have tripled in many cases.
“We’re using carrier aggregation technology, which brings together spectrum from multiple frequency bands for improved speed and spectral efficiency, and other software and hardware improvements to achieve better speeds and pave the way for Voice over LTE or high-definition mobile voice service coming soon,” said Alan Jones, senior vice president of access and deployment.