C Spire deploys 5G fixed wireless on Gulf Coast

Jan. 26, 2019
C Spire  has launched Internet service based on 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) fixed wireless service to residents in a Harrison County ...

C Spire has launched Internet service based on 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) fixed wireless service to residents in a Harrison County subdivision near Gulfport, MS.

The 5G mmWave fixed wireless service, launched in early December, is being offered in the 84-home Landon Place subdivision and served by a nearby C Spire cell site using 28 GHz equipment from the company's partner Phazr, a JMA Wireless company.

C Spire says residents connected to the service are getting downstream speeds of up to 750 Mbps, upstream speeds of up to 600 Mbps, and latency as low as 8 milliseconds.

"We use areas like this residential subdivision to continue our efforts to deliver on the promise of moving Mississippi forward with ground-breaking Internet access for consumers and businesses," said C Spire President Stephen Bye. "In our state, broadband technology is the path to a stronger economy, more jobs and a healthier lifestyle."

Bye said the company plans to deploy fixed wireless Internet service to thousands of consumers and businesses across the state over the next several years as part of its Tech Movement initiative.

"We're excited about C Spire bringing this next generation technology to our area," said Harrison County Supervisor Angel Kibler-Middleton, whose district includes the subdivision. "We know that broadband Internet access can boost home values, attract more investment and jobs and improve overall quality of life."

Phazr is partnering with C Spire to develop affordable 5G millimeter wave solutions using 5G client devices and base stations to extend the Mississippi company's 8,700 route miles of fiber infrastructure across its network.

"5G RAN technology is the engine behind C Spire's fixed wireless deployment and provides them with a new, flexible option that can be offered across any part of their footprint, including the many hard to reach, less accessible areas," said Farooq Khan, president of the Phazr unit at JMA Wireless.