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C Spire and Ole Miss Will Debut New Wi-Fi Network Next Month at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to Improve Fan Game-Day Experience

With the 2014 college football season just around the corner, Ole Miss fans will soon be flocking to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with smartphones and other connected devices in hand to capture and share the experience with friends and family.

C Spire and the Ole Miss Athletic Department have installed a new state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network in  ...

C Spire and the Ole Miss Athletic Department have installed a new state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network in the 60,580 seat-capacity Vaught Hemingway stadium for the 2014 college football season. (Photo: Business Wire)

To meet the growing demand by tech-savvy fans for Internet access on their smartphones and tablets before, during and after games, C Spire and the school’s athletic department are installing a new state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network in the 60,580 seat-capacity stadium.

Officials plan to have the network ready for use in time for the Rebels first home game on Sept. 13 against Louisiana-Lafayette. The high capacity network will feature the latest Wi-Fi and fiber optic technology with over 700 access points strategically located throughout the stadium.

C Spire and Ole Miss will use the school’s first two home football games this fall to test and optimize the network. Connectivity will be provided at no cost to any fan choosing to access the network during the Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 games.

Beginning with the SEC home opener against Alabama, C Spire will provide free network access for its customers who attend the game. Fans with service from other wireless providers will also be able to access the network for a $4.99 fee each game.

With mobile technology now an integral part of the game-day experience, fans expect to use their smartphones to talk, text, share photos and video, access social media, listen to audio files and surf the mobile web, according to Hu Meena, president and CEO for C Spire.

“As a leading telecommunications and technology services provider, we know first-hand how important these devices are to an entire generation of consumers,” Meena said. “That’s why we’ve partnered with Ole Miss to identify and implement an infrastructure solution that over time will deliver a world-class in-game experience for fans.”

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork said the network will provide additional capacity this season and position the school and C Spire to deliver an unmatched game experience using technology in future years.

“For years, Ole Miss has been known as a ‘bucket list’ game-day destination and it is our responsibility to improve the ultimate fan experience for our customers year in and year out,” Bjork said. “We welcome feedback on everything we do and our extensive fan research has helped us identify a current and future need and there is no better partner than C Spire to deliver this connectivity to our fans.”

Meena said the stadium network uses a state-of-the-art engineering design that will provide more bandwidth, faster speeds and higher quality to help support the school’s digital engagement initiatives in the coming years.

Bjork said school officials understand that as technology improves, fans expect to have more memorable and immersive game-day experiences using connected devices. “We want to keep the game-day experience new and fresh - so finding partners like C Spire who are committed to continuous improvement is crucial to the success of our innovation efforts,” he said.

While some SEC schools have taken recent steps to improve wireless phone service for fans, others, like Ole Miss, have added additional Wi-Fi communications networking to provide more robust in-stadium Internet access before, during and after games.

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, IP Voice, 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 Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.

About Ole Miss Athletics

The University of Mississippi, which is known as Ole Miss, is a member of the NCAA and Southeastern Conference and features 18 varsity sports in its athletic department. Bearing the nickname Rebels and wearing the colors Cardinal Red and Navy Blue, these teams have produced 18 national championships and 125 conference titles since 1893, when the football program fielded the school’s first varsity squad. Based in Oxford, Miss., with a student enrollment of 22,286, Ole Miss operates with a $70 million athletics budget, and the department is beginning its third year under the leadership of Athletics Director Ross Bjork.

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