Cingular Announces 3G + HSDPA Launch Plans
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.
And so it begins.
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.
Cingular + New Technology = Subscribers should purchase new equipment..
Please Enlighten a Newbie, ( Richard Brome if you are watching please give us your insight....
There seems to be a big push for further UMTS adoption with huge marketing campaigns by Vodafone and 3 especially.
"Further improvements will steadily continue"...