Cingular Completes GSM Overlay, Accelerates WCDMA Plans
Jun 24, 2004, 9:01 AM by (staff)
Cingular this week provided a complete status update on its 3G migration. Last weekend, the company completed the deployment of GSM technology over its entire network coverage area. Also, taking full advantage of additional spectrum from its planned acquisition of AT&T Wireless, the company last week issued a formal request for proposals (RFP) to supply WCDMA (UMTS) equipment to upgrade its entire network. The RFP includes HSDPA, an upgraded version of WCDMA - sometimes referred to as "3.5G" - that delivers data rates up to 14.4 Mbps. The RFP also includes WCDMA in the 850 MHz band, which will allow the company to move its entire spectrum and network to WCDMA technology, including rural areas. The company aims launch the first areas in 2005, with the entire upgrade to be completed in 2006.