Cingular Wireless Adds 17 Cell Sites, Enhancing Coverage in Raleigh and Across Eastern NC More Than 180 New Sites Added in the Carolinas Since January CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's largest wireless carrier is growing its network and enhancing coverage in eastern North Carolina. Cingular Wireless has added 17 new cell sites in Raleigh and the eastern portion of the state, ensuring Carolinas' customers stay connected. These new cell sites are some of the more than 300 new Cingular cell sites planned for the Carolinas before the end of 2006. The company has already added more than 180 new cell sites across the Carolinas in the last eight months, enhancing wireless service for those who live, work and play in the region. These new sites bring new or enhanced coverage to the following areas around Raleigh: - Enhanced coverage for residential areas along NC-210 between I-40 and Smithfield - New coverage for the town of Butner - Cherry Hospital and the residential area of Rosewood, west of Goldsboro - New coverage along Hwys. 1701 and 1003 northeast of ClaytonNew sites bring new or enhanced coverage to these areas of eastern North Carolina: - Along Hwys. 421 and 210 west of Burgaw and Rocky Point, just north of Wilmington - Along Hwys. 50 and 41 near Chinquapin, and along Hwy. 41 south of Beulaville - New coverage along Hwy. 74 between Whiteville and Bolton and on the northern edge of Lake Waccamaw, west of Wilmington - New coverage along NC-87 between Elizabethtown and Riegelwood - Residential areas along NC-101 southeast of Cherry Point Air Force Base - Residential areas along NC-41 west of Wallace and Teachey - The town of Brogden, south of Goldsboro - New coverage for travelers on Hwy. 501 between Laurinburg and Rowland, southwest of Fayetteville - New coverage along Hwy. 158 near Jackson, east of Roanoke Rapids - In the town of Chadbourn and along Hwy. 74 between Chadbourn and Cerro Gordo - New coverage for Seven Springs and along NC-55 west of Kinston - New coverage for the town of Fairmont, southwest of Lumberton - The town of Ayden, south of Greenville, NC"From Raleigh to Wilmington and everyplace in between, Cingular Wireless is committed to bringing the best network possible to our customers," said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager for Cingular's North and South Carolina market. "These seventeen new cell sites, as well as the new sites we continue to build throughout the year, will help us provide that coverage to those living, working, and vacationing in eastern North Carolina." Cingular Wireless plans to spend more than $385 million on its Carolinas network before year-end, increasing coverage and capacity, building more than 300 new cell sites, adding portable generators and back-up batteries, and offering enhanced new features.