SOURCE: Cellular South

April 25, 2007 11:30 ET

State of Mississippi Honors Cellular South

House Resolution Recognizes Company for Commitment and Economic Investment to the State

JACKSON, MS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2007 -- The Mississippi House of Representatives recognized Cellular South, the nation's largest privately held wireless provider, with a special resolution for its ongoing community and economic investment in the State of Mississippi.

House Concurrent Resolution 114, passed unanimously by the House by a vote of 122-0, states, "A concurrent resolution recognizing, commending and congratulating Cellular South and its Mississippi employees for providing Mississippi another homegrown success story in the highly competitive telecommunications and wireless industry, while simultaneously embracing and expanding a spirit of integrity, devoted customer service and unwavering civic mindedness."

"I felt it was time the Legislature recognized the people who were responsible, not only because they were from Mississippi, but because they are having a tremendous impact on the state's economy and most of our communities," said State Representative Rita Martinson (R-58th District).

The resolution sponsored by Martinson, thanks Cellular South for not only growing their business and staying in Mississippi, but for the company's continued financial investment in the state and its wireless network. In 2006 alone the company invested more than $140 million in its wireless infrastructure and has invested more than $500 million since 1999 to improve call quality inside buildings and homes and further increase capacity for data usage. The company followed that up by investing $15 million to open an 18,500 square-foot Technical Operations Center in downtown Jackson. By the end of the year Cellular South will have invested $50 million into this state-of-the-art building that houses key network system and backup resources.

Besides recognizing Cellular South for their investment to the state, the resolution lauds the company for their quick response to restoring service after Hurricane Katrina and for providing jobs and career opportunities throughout the region. Currently Cellular South employs more than 850 people, while operating about 75 retail outlets in the Gulf Coast and Mid-South regions.

"Cellular South has not only joined an elite group of telecommunication firms like Skytel that originated in Mississippi, but they've done so with an attitude that demonstrates old fashioned values, personal service, and civic mindedness, which are still very much in style, said Representative Tyrone Ellis, Chairman, Public Utilities Committee, Mississippi House of Representatives. "They are simply uncompromising in proving that Mississippi companies not only can compete, but prevail."

As Cellular South grows, it continues to be a player both in the region and on a national level in technology innovation. Cellular South formed a partnership with Kyocera Wireless Corporation to expand their M-Commerce capabilities and won the state contract to become the designated cellular service provider for the agencies and institutions of the State of Mississippi.

"We're honored that the Mississippi House of Representatives thought so highly of Cellular South to pass this resolution," explained Hu Meena, president of Cellular South. "We are proud to be a Mississippi-based company and it's our continued mission to not only be a technology innovator on a national level, but to invest and give back to the communities in which we live."

About Cellular South

Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless provider in the U.S. The company is focused on providing the best service possible through its nationwide wireless voice and data network, award-winning customer care, state-of-the-art wireless devices, and commitment to the communities it serves. Cellular South was recently honored with the 2005 Wireless Week Excellence Award, 2006 Newcomen Award, and a concurrent resolution from the Mississippi Legislature commending the executives and employees of Cellular South for the company's extraordinary efforts in Hurricane Katrina's wake. For more information, visit

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