C Spire Wireless Boosting 3G Coverage by 1.3 Million POPs
C Spire Wireless today announced that it has expanded the footprint of its 3G network by an additional 1.3 million POPs in 61 cities and 65 counties across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The expansion, which is part of a greater network update ahead of C Spire's planned Long Term Evolution upgrade, swells C Spire's 3G footprint by about 38%, from 3.4 million POPs to 4.7 million POPs. C Spire said the upgrade was completed by updating cell towers and adding fiber-based backhaul from cell sites to the network. C Spire recently rebranded itself from Cellular South, and also announced that it will offer the Apple iPhone in the coming weeks. It has a roaming agreement with Sprint so its customers can use their devices outside of its home service region.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
C Spire Boosts WiFi Hotspot Access for iPhones
C Spire Wireless today expanded its WiFi On service to iOS devices, allowing its iPhone customers to more easily connect to some 20 million WiFi hotspots around the country. The WiFi On app is already available to Android handsets.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.