Regional wireless carrier C Spire was originally shooting to start rolling out its LTE network in 2011, but it missed its Q4 goal and didn't have any word on when things might get underway. Now, with Q1 of 2012 almost in the books, the carrier has some details to share: its LTE network will start rolling out this September to 20 markets around Mississipi. This sounds similar to its original plans — but almost a year later. The initial rollout will cover some 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million, and more than 360 individual cell sites, at a cost of $60 million. While there aren't yet any details on when LTE service will roll out in other parts of C Spire's coverage area, the carrier promised that "more phases and more coverage will soon follow." Given the network won't go live until September, we're guessing that means we'll see more sites light up sometime in 2013.

C Spire's initial LTE rollout areas include:

  • Jackson metropolitan area
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • In South Mississippi: the cities of Brookhaven, Columbia, Natchez, Petal, Hattiesburg, McComb and Lucedale;
  • In North Mississippi: the cities of Oxford, Tupelo, Corinth, New Albany, Pontotoc, Booneville, Starkville, Columbus and West Point;
  • In the Mississippi Delta: the cities of Yazoo City, Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood and Clarksdale
  • In East Mississippi: the city of Meridian and parts of Lauderdale County