Cingular keen to deploy 3G network

23 Jun 2004

US cellco Cingular Wireless has approached the telecom industry’s equipment manufacturers with a request for proposal (RFP) to develop and deliver its third-generation (3G) mobile network. According to Ralph de la Vega, Cingular’s Chief Operating Officer, the company is also rolling out an enhanced version of UMTS known as high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) which has the ability to bolster network capacity and offer data transmission speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. In addition, the company hopes that following its successful acquisition of AT&T Wireless at the start of the year, its greater footprint and increased spectrum will enable it for the first time to deliver 3G services to great tracts of rural America. The cellco plans to conduct UMTS trials in Atlanta this summer with the aim of rolling out full-blown services in 2005.

United States, AT&T Communications