C Spire on Mission to Create New “Silicon South” Economy with ADTRAN-based Gigabit Services

Gigabit service delivery spurs Mississippi communities to vie for technology investment for new community and business opportunities

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--()--ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, that C Spire is leveraging ADTRAN’s broadband platform to transform the communities it supports into hubs for investment and economic growth. C Spire Fiber to the Home is bringing ultra-fast Gigabit broadband that is 100 times faster than traditional broadband services to thousands of homes, businesses and schools across the Mississippi portion of its service area. ADTRAN’s Gigabit broadband architecture is enabling C Spire to provide their subscribers with a faster, richer and more vibrant broadband experience that will change the way they connect, work and play with communities and businesses around the world.

A key component of C Spire’s service roll out is a proactive community engagement plan. C Spire believes the tangible, community-wide benefits of Gigabit service delivery could enhance the quality-of-life of its residents and establish a new economic future for Mississippi. To ensure the community understands these benefits – including robust digital learning for schools, more efficient delivery of municipal services and entrepreneurial high-tech investment and jobs – C Spire encouraged communities to “Get Fiber First” with a competition to determine initial service roll out. Local communities embraced the challenge with creative, aggressive campaigns and nine partner communities were selected last November.

With ambitious plans to grow the number of cities, towns and neighborhoods serviced by C Spire Fiber to the Home, the company knew it needed a solution that would allow them to quickly ramp the initial service and easily scale to meet expected demand. ADTRAN’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband portfolio is a purpose-built Gigabit architecture that delivers the ultra-flexible, high-capacity, deep-fiber solutions that C Spire required for this high-profile project. With ADTRAN’s Advanced Services Architecture to build upon, C Spire is able to deliver a mix of residential, enterprise and mobile backhaul services over a common, next-generation network with advanced service management and forward-looking network automation capabilities.

“Our new C Spire Fiber to the Home service has really captured the imagination of residents, businesses and government officials alike. We are only scratching the surface of what is possible with Gigabit service delivery and believe there are limitless opportunities available to our communities with this type of next-generation technology,” said Suzy Hays, senior vice president of Consumer Markets for C Spire. “ADTRAN provided the Gigabit broadband infrastructure we needed to reinvent our network and helped us quickly go-to-market with the new service. This is enabling us to provide the ground work for our communities to build upon as they begin to transform into hubs of technology investment and economic growth.”

“C Spire and the residents, community leaders and local businesses in Mississippi have rallied together to create a vision for what fiber and ultra high-speed Gigabit technology can do for a community. They’ve not only created an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm, but have opened the door to a new high-tech economic future for themselves,” said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN knows that Gigabit service delivery provides a strong foundation for helping service providers like C Spire evolve, change and grow their networks so that they can better serve the needs of the communities they operate within.”

ADTRAN’s Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program showcases how innovative technologies are being used in cities, towns and communities across the country to support economic growth, urban redevelopment, educational and municipal service support, and innovative residential service delivery. These communities are using ADTRAN’s world-class broadband, Wi-Fi and Cloud service offerings to re-invigorate downtown business and residential districts, connect classrooms with other learning centers around the world, and help attract new companies seeking to relocate out of crowded urban centers.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.

About C Spire

C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, 1 Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, data and cloud services for businesses. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.

Contacts

Connect2 Communications for ADTRAN
Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112
ashley@connect2comm.com
or
C Spire
Dave Miller, 601-974-7725
Sr Media Relations Manager
Cell: 769-798-7725
dnmiller@cspire.com

Contacts

Connect2 Communications for ADTRAN
Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112
ashley@connect2comm.com
or
C Spire
Dave Miller, 601-974-7725
Sr Media Relations Manager
Cell: 769-798-7725
dnmiller@cspire.com