JACKSON — C Spire Wireless says it's bringing faster Internet service to another 496,000 people across Mississippi.
The company will add 4G LTE service to 205 cell sites from August through November, increasing wireless data speeds up to 10 times beyond current 3G capability, spokesman Dave Miller told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/16iCKDq ).
"It's an aggressive schedule," Miller said. He said 70 percent of the company's customers own at least one mobile device with capability for greater speed to download video, share photos and perform other tasks. "We've got to be really aggressive to ensure customers get the most out of their devices."
The company also plans to introduce the technology by the end of November in south Alabama and northwest Florida. C Spire and some of its competitors began the service last year in parts of Mississippi.
So far, about 2,700 square miles of C Spire's Mississippi area, including much of metro Jackson, has been upgraded to 4G.
At the same time, it's boosting rural towers from 2G to 3G speeds.
The moves are part of a broader effort from wireless carriers and the federal government to make mobile broadband more widely available, especially in states like Mississippi where much of the region is rural and where many people lack high-speed Internet in mobile or desktop settings.
Areas of Mississippi not covered in the current expansion will get the technology in 2014, Miller said.