United States —
C Spire became the first company to successfully demonstrate a 5G fixed wireless solution in Mississippi using Nokia equipment with a direct connection to its fiber-based commercial television service.
The operator said it is intensify its efforts to develop and test emerging 5G fixed and mobile technologies to stay ahead of the needs of tech-hungry consumers and businesses.
C Spire is one of only a handful of U.S. telcos with fiber optic infrastructure and 28 GHz spectrum assets working to make the next generation of ultra-fast digital connectivity a reality.
The 5G fixed wireless test delivered C Spire Fiber consumer television content, including ultra-high definition resolution video, with speeds up to 2.2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and ultra-low latency below 1.4 milliseconds over the 5G wireless link. “This is the kind of real-world application that will help change forever how we live, work and play,” said C Spire CTO Stephen Bye.
“We’re working aggressively to bring ultra-fast Internet speeds to our customers and we know 5G will play a role in those efforts,” Bye said. “This is the engine that will power the 21st century digital economy.”
“We’re excited to collaborate with C Spire as we work together to bring real-world 5G technology solutions to market, and evolve its 4G LTE networks to provide a seamless, integrated end-to-end network for its customers. Nokia continues to demonstrate its leadership position in 5G, underscoring its commitment to advancing 5G technology and making 5G a commercial reality. We have been a close partner with C Spire for many years in Mississippi, and we look forward to the continued collaboration on testing and standardization of 5G,” said Ricky Corker, Executive Vice President and Head of North America Market for Nokia.