Cingular Wireless Is First to The Edge Industry's First Commercial Deployment of EDGE Technology Boosts Data Speeds

For Wireless Uploads, Downloads and Web Browsing



    ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless today announced the
 world's first commercial deployment of wireless services using Enhanced
 Datarate for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology.  Cingular's initial EDGE
 service offering is in its Indianapolis market, with subsequent deployments
 expected later in the year.
     Building on more than a decade of wireless data experience, Cingular's
 EDGE technology enables true "third generation" (3G) wireless data services
 with data speeds typically three times faster than those available on GSM/GPRS
 networks.  Based on GSM, the worldwide standard for cellular communications,
 EDGE is a software enhancement for Cingular's General Packet Radio Service
 (GPRS) data network that can support peak data rates up to 170 kilobits per
 second with average data rates of 75-135 Kbps.
     "Our EDGE rollout demonstrates Cingular's continuing progress and
 evolution in GSM deployment," said Bill Clift, chief technical officer at
 Cingular Wireless.  "EDGE is recognized as the most economical way to overlay
 GSM/GPRS to achieve 3G capabilities and we're proud to be the first North
 American carrier to deliver EDGE-based wireless services to our customers."
     "Cingular is making good on its promise to leverage its GSM overlay to
 move quickly towards 3G," said Roger Entner, an analyst with the Yankee Group.
 "By putting the right infrastructure into place now, the company is well
 positioned to deploy EDGE services strategically, when EDGE devices are
 available and customers are ready to adopt high-speed data services."
     Cingular's rollout of EDGE in Indianapolis means that customers in this
 market can now enjoy near broadband speeds when accessing the Internet from a
 phone or laptop, or while sending and receiving digital images.  Customers,
 activated on a Cingular data-enabled rateplan, need only obtain an EDGE
 enabled device -- such as the Nokia 6200 with its mobile office kit -- to take
 advantage of higher data speeds.  They can browse the Internet with Wireless
 Internet Express, access corporate data using DataConnect or send photo
 messages.  The difference will be in much faster download and upload speeds.
     Another key benefit of EDGE-capable devices from Cingular is that they are
 backwards-compatible with GPRS and programmed to stay "on network."  If a
 customer travels from a Cingular EDGE coverage area to a Cingular area that
 only has GPRS, the device will fallback to Cingular's GPRS coverage, even when
 it is in a data session.  Roaming fees are also the same for GPRS and EDGE.
     In the future, EDGE will enable Cingular to offer more products and
 services that take advantage of EDGE's higher speed-including audio and video,
 higher resolution photos, and more robust email and corporate data access.
 
     ABOUT CINGULAR WIRELESS
     Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE:   SBC)
 and BellSouth (NYSE:   BLS), serves more than 22 million voice and data
 customers across the United States.  A leader in mobile voice and data
 communications, Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover,
 the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes.
 Cingular provides cellular/PCS service in 43 of the top 50 markets nationwide,
 and provides corporate e-mail and other advanced data services through its
 EDGE, GPRS and Mobitex packet data networks.  Details of the company are
 available at www.cingular.com .
 
 

SOURCE Cingular Wireless
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