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How a crowdsourcing model allowed C Spire to offer broadband to ‘the masses’

In a crowdsourcing model, the carrier actively solicits interest in broadband service among communities Established as a wireless company in 1988 under the name Cellular South, C Spire primarily provides broadband service throughout most of Mississippi and parts of Tennessee and Alabama. The regional carrier...

‘The missing piece:’ What is the third-party enablement business model for rural broadband?

C Spire's technology strategy lead: 'No one does rural broadband particularly well' In a two-year research project of the Rural Broadband Consortium, C Spire led a group of companies that included Nokia, Microsoft, Facebook and others to explore the challenges of cost-effective rural broadband deployment,...

How does C Spire handle the growing need for network security in rural broadband deployments?

C Spire's Chief Information Security Officer: 'Security needs to be aware of where the business is going' For a long time, increasing network availability and speed has dominated the rural broadband conversation; those aspects continue to be part of the ongoing debate around the pending...

C Spire to invest $1 billion in 5G, fiber broadband in Alabama, Mississippi

C Spire CEO: 'Fiber networks are a must to deliver speed' C Spire, a Mississippi-based service provider, revealed its largest capital spend in the company’s history: a $1 billion investment plan to accelerate the deployment of 5G — which is began rolling out in October...

Test and Measurement: P3 rebrands as umlaut

Network testing and engineering firm P3 Group AG has rebranded itself, taking the name of the Germanic umlaut -- two small dots placed over a vowel -- to symbolize itself as an agent of change. An umlaut, the company said, "changes a regular vowel...

(Another) New group comes out against Sprint, T-Mobile US merger

A combined Sprint, T-Mobile US would lead to price hikes, 4Competition group says The latest group to come out against the proposed mega-merger of U.S. carriers Sprint and T-Mobile US, called 4Competition, is made up of some relatively heavy-hitters in the domestic telecoms space, including...

What’s going on with rural carriers? Ask the C suite

Customer service is differentiator for rural carriers For Tier 2 and Tier 3 operators that serve rural areas largely beyond the reach of the four major Tier 1s, knowing their territory and knowing their customers is a key competitive differentiator. But despite the edge in...

C Spire takes new approach to billing with fixed wireless service

Hub home provides fixed wireless to nearby residences Regional carrier C Spire, which is headquartered in Ridgeland, Miss., provides a variety of cellular and broadband services businesses and residents around the largely rural state. As it expands a new fixed wireless access service, the provider...

C Spire nears completion of 700 MHz, 850 MHz LTE network enhancements

Mississippi-based C Spire said it expects to complete addition of 700 MHz and 850 MHz spectrum to current LTE network in July. Regional wireless operator C Spire said it was adding low-band spectrum to more than 900 cell sites in an attempt to...

AT&T bolsters 5G spectrum portfolio with Straight Path acquisition

AT&T is set to pick up 868 spectrum licenses in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz bands it plans to use for upcoming 5G services in $1.6B deal. AT&T is looking to continue bolstering its millimeter wave spectrum holdings, announcing a deal to...

AT&T, Nokia use 5G platform, 39 GHz band to stream DirecTV Now

AT&T and Nokia said the 5G network trial showed the viability of the 39 GHz band to support low latency, high throughput services. The “5G” race continues at full boil with AT&T noting a recent trial of next-generation network technology to stream its DirecTV Now...

5G spectrum at center of Straight Path settlement with FCC

Straight Path to pay up to $100M in penalties tied to falsifying build out claims for 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum core to 5G plans. Straight Path Communications is looking to restart its business as a holder of vast...

AT&T 5G focus claims first business customer trial using mm wave spectrum

In a touted industry first, AT&T said it has begun a 5G technology trial using millimeter wave spectrum at Intel offices in Austin, Texas. AT&T’s “5G” technology push took a significant step this week as the carrier said it launched the first...

Bluegrass taps Verizon LRA program for LTE-A deployment

Bluegrass LTE-A plans with Verizon push the rural carrier deeper into 4G market with 5G plans for segment on the horizon. Networks advances may be common across the domestic market’s nationwide operators, but rural carriers are also getting in on advancing their LTE-based...

FCC set again to entice Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile et al with 600 MHz spectrum

FCC set to kick off the forward auction part of its phase two 600 MHz auction proceedings with the offer of 90 megahertz of cleared spectrum for telecom operators The Federal Communications Commission’s second attempt to match television broadcaster wants with wireless telecommunication operator needs...

600 MHz incentive auction tacks on $1.7B in bids, tops $9.7B

The latest pair of 600 MHz incentive auction bidding rounds continued to show strong demand for spectrum licenses covering larger markets The Federal Communications Commission attracted another $1.7 billion in “winning” bids for the 100 megahertz of 600 MHz spectrum assets up for grabs as...

FCC 600 MHz incentive auction draws $8B in opening round ‘winning’ bids

Bidding activity was top-heavy in the opening round of the FCC 600 MHz incentive auction, with demand outstripping supply in many markets Despite some pessimism about the eventual outcome of the proceedings, the mobile telecommunications industry showed robust enthusiasm for the 600 MHz spectrum auction...

Former C Spire, Sprint CTO Bye to join Rivada Networks

FirstNet hopeful Rivada Networks continues to accumulate former Sprint executives with Stephen Bye the latest to join the company Add yet another former Sprint executive to the payroll of Rivada Networks, as the company announced the addition of Stephen Bye as CTO. In his new role,...

#TBT: Sprint LTE launch; iPhone to come in colors? … this week in 2012

The Sprint LTE network makes its commercial debut, while talk of new iPhone models sporting colors spreads … 4 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the...

Reader Forum: 7 tips for rural carriers in battling Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint

Rural carriers do not need to be at a disadvantage when competing against the likes of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, with Fortegra laying out 7 tips When you mention wireless carriers, most people think of the big four: Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and...

Kagan: Why U.S. Cellular growth is stalled

Why has U.S. Cellular not participated in the rapid growth mode of the wireless industry over the last decade? AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless have led this parade for years. Then after several years, T-Mobile US started to grow as well. Now Sprint is...

Sprint and C Spire remain cautious on NFV and SDN moves

Sprint and C Spire echo thoughts of many CCA members in taking a wait-and-see approach towards NFV and SDN deployments NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The telecommunication market’s move towards virtualization platforms continues to gain steam amongst its largest players, though smaller carriers remain wary at this...

C Spire LTE network set for sub-1 GHz boost

C Spire LTE network to gain 700 MHz, 850 MHz support Regional telecom operator C Spire said it has started tapping its sub-1 GHz spectrum holdings in support of its LTE network. The carrier said it has begun adding 700 MHz and 850 MHz spectrum to...

C Spire targets Verizon, AT&T with ‘combos’

Regional carrier claims new packages simpler, cheaper than larger rivals' Regional telecom operator C Spire unveiled new package pricing for rate plans and devices in a move to simplify consumer choices and target larger rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility. The packages include seven preselected “combos”...

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