Because of C Spire’s determination to quickly construct next-generation technological infrastructure for companies, a 225-mile fiber optic cable route from Kiln, Mississippi to West Mobile, Alabama has now been completed. This fiber optic expansion at the Gulf Coast represents a multi-million-dollar project.
Under the Pascagoula River and Biloxi Back Bay, as well as along U.S. Highway 90 in Alabama and Mississippi, the project entailed the installation of fiber optic cable and conduit underground and under or around various bodies of water, including the Pascagoula River, Biloxi Back Bay and Fort Bayou.
It is the third major fiber long haul project covering the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts, adding to important lines already existing along U.S. Highways 98 and 45, according to C Spire executives. Cell sites in the company’s network will also have a fiber backbone thanks to the new route, which will also provide redundancy.
“Not only are we connecting our legacy fiber network in Mississippi, which we’re using to launch new ultra-fast internet access for consumers in Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs, but it also helps us expand our reach into Alabama in Mobile and Baldwin counties and Mobile Bay,” said Alan Jones, Chief Network Officer at C Spire.
Fiber Optic Infrastructure
Combined with its recent acquisition of Harbor Communications and its completion of the long-haul fiber route, C Spire thinks it is uniquely positioned to avoid service interruptions and serve the myriad of voice and data needs of consumers and businesses along the Mississippi and Alabama Gulf Coasts using highly reliable fiber optic infrastructure.
“C Spire now can deliver low-latency, secure and highly-reliable services from Pearlington to Perdido – that’s a huge lift to the economic growth potential of this region,” said Ben Moncrief, managing director of Alabama and senior vice president of Strategic Relations for C Spire, noting that symmetric speeds solve real-world challenges associated with interactive learning, remote work and telehealth applications. “Along with C Spire’s other long-haul builds in West Alabama, this new fiber will help to alleviate Alabama’s painful lack of accessible long-haul and middle-mile fiber infrastructure.”