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Cellular South says storm-ready with 'super switches'

RIDGELAND — Cellular South enters the 2011 hurricane season with two multi-million-dollar, hurricane-ready “super switches” providing added protection and service for customers in South Mississippi, along the Gulf Coast and in south Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

The high-technology mobile phone switching facilities, which are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds up to 200 miles an hour, connect millions of voice calls, wireless data transmissions and other critical customer services daily for Cellular South consumer and business customers. In addition to hardened and reinforced shells, the all-steel structures house a large-scale 500-kilowatt diesel power generator, a grid of back up batteries and other redundant back-up systems, operations and technologies.

Both the 4,800-square-foot, $2.1-million center in Mobile, Ala., and the 2,600-square-foot, $6-million facility in Hattiesburg feature large switching bays, reinforced interior walls, concrete block and reinforced steel structures for added strength, high-impact windows and a double steel reinforced roof grid that protects against debris strikes from roof tile, road signs and tree limbs that might be airborne during a hurricane or severe storm.

Each facility is designed to operate even after the loss of commercial power.

Source: Cellular South

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