C Spire Wireless
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|Founder||Wade H. Creekmore, Jr. and James H. "Jimmy" Creekmore, Sr.|
|Headquarters||Ridgeland, Mississippi, United States|
Number of locations
|72 stores, 2 call centers|
|Memphis metropolitan area
|Hu Meena – President|
|Products||Wireless voice and data, Fiber to the Home, Cloud Services,|
Cellular South Inc. d.b.a. C Spire headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, is the sixth largest wireless provider in the United States and the largest privately held wireless provider in the United States. The company is a full-service provider of transport, Internet and telecom services. C Spire has approximately 1,200,000 customers in Mississippi, the Memphis Metropolitan Area, the Florida Panhandle, parts of Alabama including Mobile. The company also holds 700 MHz and AWS licenses covering most of Tennessee and Alabama, though it has not yet extended service to these areas. On September 20, 2011 Cellular South, Inc. filed a trademark application for the C Spire Wireless name and two days later announced that it would market its services under the C Spire Wireless brand effective September 26. C Spire Wireless is owned by the holding company Telapex, Inc., which also owns Telepak Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband internet and phone service, as well as several smaller Mississippi telecoms.
Cellular South, Inc. began its wireless service on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on February 4, 1988, using AMPS technology. Former American football quarterback Archie Manning made the company’s inaugural call from Gulfport, Mississippi to then U.S. Representative Trent Lott in Washington, D.C.
In February 2013, C Spire Wireless created an affiliate company called Vu Digital, LLC. Vu Digital specializes in video content and analytics and predictive analytics.
Since 1999, C Spire has invested more than US$700 million in its wireless network, including constructing 1,403 cell sites, a high-speed wireless broadband network and a permanent microwave ring for redundancy across the Gulf Coast region. In 2009, the company purchased Alabama-based Corr Wireless, which expanded its coverage in Alabama and moved it into Georgia for the first time (in 2013 Corr Wireless was subsequently sold to AT&T). In 2006 the firm opened its first sales center outside of its native network footprint.
The company announced on September 22, 2011 it planned on rebranding to C Spire Wireless effective on September 26.
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