After stating earlier this week that they would not be participating in Verizon Wireless's LTE licensing program and would instead build its own network and services, Cellular South and Samsung have announced a deal that will bring Long Term Evolution (LTE) to the Cellular South network by the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Our move to 4G is driven by our vision of creating an unmatched experience and enabling our customers to experience pervasive wireless Internet connectivity and mobility,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of Cellular South. “Cellular South is pleased to partner with Samsung Mobile on an LTE solution that uses our entire spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band. “This network will deliver a first-class LTE experience to our customers who want the freedom to access content and services and to communicate in new and innovative ways, whether it’s viewing video, browsing the mobile web, listening to their favorite music, gaming or social media.”

Cellular South will deploy services using voice-over LTE (VoLTE) and Samsung has committed to two LTE-enabled handsets by the fourth quarter of 2011 on the carrier. You can read the full press release after the break.

SAMSUNG MOBILE AND CELLULAR SOUTH COLLABORATE
TO DEPLOY LTE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ANNOUNCE UPCOMING
AVAILABILITY OF TWO LTE-ENABLED HANDSETS

Samsung Mobile will supply multiple LTE-enabled handsets in support of
Cellular South’s LTE network launch in 2011

DALLAS and RIDGELAND, MS – November 17, 2010 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1 and Cellular South, the largest privately owned wireless carrier in the U.S., today announced their collaboration to build and deploy a fourth generation (4G) mobile broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

The agreement also calls for Samsung Mobile to design and launch two LTE-enabled
smartphone handsets available in 2011 in Cellular South’s 700 MHz footprint.

The advanced end-to-end LTE network and devices from Samsung Mobile will allow Cellular South customers to stream video, download music, enhance Web browsing capabilities at high download speeds, and utilize voice communications to increase productivity and access downloadable applications. Samsung Mobile and Cellular South will launch LTE service by the end of 2011 using voice-over LTE (VoLTE) and continue to expand availability across its 700 MHz footprint in 2012.

“Samsung Mobile is excited to work with Cellular South to bring the speed and connectivity of LTE infrastructure and devices to consumers in the Southeastern United States, along with two LTE-enabled handsets by the fourth quarter of 2011,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile. “The LTE network and upcoming handsets will enable Cellular South customers to consume multimedia content like they never have before, such as Samsung’s Media Hub service, with first-rate movies and TV programming. Our collaboration with Cellular South will also expand consumers personal communications capabilities, including Samsung’s Social Hub service, which integrates contacts, calendar and social networking accounts into intuitive user interfaces.”

“Cellular South is pleased to partner with Samsung Mobile on an LTE solution that uses all of
our spectrum in the lower 700 MHz band,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of Cellular South. “This network will deliver a first-class LTE experience to our customers who want the freedom to access content and services and to communicate in new and innovative ways, whether it’s Samsung Mobile, Cellular South To Deploy LTE Infrastructure, Two LTE-Enabled Handsets it’s viewing video, listening to their favorite music, gaming or social networking.”

Samsung Mobile’s commercial LTE network products leverage years of 4G orthogonal
frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) commercial experience in MIMO networks and have flexible bandwidth support of 1.4 to 20 MHz standards. Samsung Mobile’s network infrastructure supports a wide portfolio of enhanced node B (eNB) products, including rack types, remote radio heads (RRH), picocells and distributed antenna system (DAS) hosts.

Samsung Mobile’s network solutions feature a scalable, single rack, enhanced packet core (EPC) along with IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) products, to support rapid deployment and end-to-end quality control through devices.

Samsung Mobile’s infrastructure network products also feature an open architecture which
supports multi-vendor inter-operation through initiatives such as the LTE Strategic Test
Initiative (LSTI). Samsung Mobile’s network infrastructure will incorporate Self-Organizing
Networks (SON), high efficiency multimode amplifiers and energy saving mode.

For additional information and product photos, please visit www.samsungusanews.com or visit Cellular South’s website at www.cellularsouth.com. 

 
There are 6 comments

The 700 MHz band. Is It a good thing? I was under the impression that wimax has range issues because of its frequency. Will CS have a decent lte network in this range? I might ditch at&t to give this a whirl when it happens.

Menno says:

WiMax is 2500 MHz spectrum. 700 MHz is what Verizon will be using, and it was the Analog TV frequency until recently.

StuRoid says:

I am by no means an expert on this and from what I've heard the lower the Mhz the more penetration and distance the band can cover which can only be a good thing :)

That pretty well answers my questions. Hopefully they are good devices and tote vanilla ice cream.

aHTCfart says:

Cellular South? the little train that could...I guess all the money they been saving the pass years this is what they do with it good I guess. Afterall Cellular south is only in 3 states so I can see how they could do this....I'm still leaving them tho I can't wait forever 'till these lte phones come out. But I already have Sprint/evo so yeah Next month bye bye Cellular South.

videodred says:

If Verizon and AT&T would not engage in anti-competitive behavior such as locking down their chunk of the 700 MHz LTE/4G spectrum for non-inter-carrier compatibility, then the big 4 would still have some competition with CellularSouth.com