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Cingular Announces 3G + HSDPA Launch Plans

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Nov 30, 2004, 4:13 PM   by (staff)

Cingular today revealed its plans to begin broad-scale deployment of 3G, using UMTS (WCDMA) with HSDPA technology. The network will offer average data speeds between 400-700 kbps, peaking at several megabits per second. Deployment will begin in early 2005, with 3G services available in most major markets by the end of 2006. Nokia, Motorola and LG have committed to providing competitive UMTS devices for the new network in the fourth quarter of 2005. Network infrastructure will be provided by Ericsson, Lucent, and Siemens. The service will enable advanced data applications such as streaming video, and will support simultaneous voice and data sessions. HSDPA technology will allow the network to run several times faster than standard UMTS networks common in Europe and Asia. Cingular will also continue to operate the UMTS networks launched by AT&T Wireless earlier this year in six cities.

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Nov 30, 2004, 8:15 PM

And so it begins.

I'm here to tell you, this stuff is wicked cool. I'm glad to be in this industry at a time like this. I had the oppurtunity to use the Lucent card in my laptop and can say that the future of wireless is here. (or at least on the way Wink )
Please do not equate this with "GSM is Dead". GSM, EDGE specifically, will be used to augment and support UMTS throughout the MultiRadio network. EDGE will be reaching steady consistant speeds of 300kbps+. UMTS will offer better data and voice capabilities than ANY other technologies.
This stuff just get's me giddy. Very Happy
So does this mean,
Cingular + New Technology = Subscribers should purchase new equipment..

Please Enlighten a Newbie, ( Richard Brome if you are watching please give us your insight....
I think the expectation here is to get 384 kpbs downstream on average within cells which are in urban or otherwise densely populated areas. Burst rates could be a bit higher than that. I am assuming that they will start with a single sector WCDMA cell...
Having just come back from Europe and seen/made a video phone call on the 3 network over UMTS all I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!!

There seems to be a big push for further UMTS adoption with huge marketing campaigns by Vodafone and 3 especially.
bones boy

Nov 30, 2004, 7:07 PM

"Further improvements will steadily continue"...

I hope so, because here in Houston the Cingular network sounds worse than ever. In-building penetration has gotten worse as well, and also that awful sounding noise during the phone calls that sounds like analog service (think it has something to do with the codec that Cingular is using here).
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