Cellular South

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Cellular South 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 including Mobile, 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.

Beginnings

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..

Growth

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...
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