Cingular Expands Atlanta Wireless Broadband Network
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Glenridge Highlands Two
Atlanta, GA, 30342
Press release date: November 13, 2006
Expansion of 3G Service Turns More Atlanta Communities Into "Hot Spots"
ATLANTA, Nov. 13 // -- More people living in or visiting the Georgia state capital will no longer need to rely on wired connections for broadband access to information as Cingular expands its wireless broadband network throughout metropolitan Atlanta.
In June, Cingular launched its 3G mobile wireless broadband service in the Atlanta area. Now, with the enhancements made at more than 100 additional cell sites during the past few months, Cingular's high-speed network footprint now includes more than 500 cell sites. The expanded coverage area brings lightening-fast wireless capabilities to communities such as Buford, Fayetteville, Douglasville, Snellville, Canton, Holly Springs, and Conyers, and strengthened coverage in areas like Lawrenceville, Union City, and parts of Forsyth County.
"More Cingular customers can now use Cingular's 3G mobile broadband network to rapidly access e-mail, browse the Internet, download a game or ringtone, connect to business applications, watch video clips and more while on-the-go, in a fraction of the time it used to take," said Cliff Minor, vice president and general manager for Cingular's Georgia Market. "Cingular 3G not only offers advanced wireless services, such as viewing video clips, it enhances existing services by making them run even faster."
Cingular's 3G network provides average download data speeds between 400- 700 kilobits per second with bursts to over one megabit per second and is backward compatible with the company's EDGE/GPRS data network. The company currently provides 3G services in 134 major markets with populations of 100,000 or more in and around more than 50 of the top metropolitan areas.
Cingular's HSDPA/UMTS (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access/Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) technology makes it possible for people to enjoy a wide variety of wireless content and gives Cingular the advantage of offering simultaneous voice and data services to customers based upon the global standard for wireless communications - GSM. For businesses and consumers, this means more feature-rich services and content.
NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT - FAST
Customers who want to watch video highlights of a number of HBO series including "Curb Your Enthusiasm," local weather forecasts in 100 cities across the country, the latest news from CNN or a children's program from the Disney Channel, can now enjoy the content of interest to them by signing up for Cingular Video. Cingular Video is an on-demand, streaming video service with a large selection of popular mobile content that can be viewed on 3G-capable Cingular phones.
BUSINESS AT HIGH-SPEED
Utilizing its 3G network, Cingular business customers who utilize its LaptopConnect solutions now have the ability to use their laptops to access the Internet or e-mail, download large files and attachments, or run corporate business applications at average data speeds between 400-700Kbps (kilobits per second) on the downlink, with bursts to more than a megabit per second.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, customers will receive service on the company's EDGE network. The Cingular EDGE network is available to 270 million people in more than 13,000 cities and towns and in areas along 40,000 miles of highways, providing average data speeds up to 135Kbps.
The launch is part of the company's nearly $165 million investment in its Georgia network this year.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 58.7 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(r), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at http://cingular.mediaroom.com/.
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