is the largest privately held wireless provider in the United States. Based in Ridgeland, Mississippi
, it has approximately 900,000 customers in Mississippi
, the Memphis
Metropolitan Area, the Florida Panhandle
, parts of Alabama
, and Rome, Georgia
. The company also holds 700 MHz and AWS licenses covering most of Tennessee and Alabama, though it has not yet extended service to these areas. Cellular South is owned by the holding company Telapex, Inc., which also owns Telepak Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband internet and phone service, as well as several smaller Mississippi telecoms.
Cellular South launched its wireless service on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
on February 4, 1988, using AMPS
technology. Mississippi football legend and Drew
native Archie Manning
made the company’s inaugural call from Gulfport, Mississippi
to then U.S. Representative Trent Lott
in Washington, D.C.
The company has grown steadily year after year and began an even more aggressive expansion in 1999. Since then, Cellular South has invested more than US$
700 million in its wireless network, including constructing 1,403 cell sites, a high-speed wireless broadband network and a permanent microwave ring for redundancy across the Gulf... Read More