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Cingular New England Adds 100th Cell Site of 2004

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    Cingular Wireless New England Adds 100th Cell Site of 2004
    Wednesday October 6, 9:55 am ET
    Network Enhancement Initiatives Pay Off in New England; Cingular affirms customer commitment to "best in class" wireless experience

    WESTWOOD, Mass, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless today announced the activation of their 100th cell site in New England so far this year. The site, located in Upton, MA, represents a major milestone in the market's 2004 build plan, which is almost double the size of last year and only marks two-thirds of Cingular's planned network build in New England this year.
    The 100 cell sites are part of a $109 million investment in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire designed to enhance service and expand coverage in the region. By the end of this year the company plans to add 170 total cell sites -- 49 in Connecticut, 78 in Massachusetts, 23 in Rhode Island and 20 in southern New Hampshire. These new sites are intended to improve service quality and extend coverage for Cingular Wireless customers traveling in New England.

    "Superior call quality and extensive wireless coverage are two of the biggest factors customers consider when choosing a wireless provider," said Mark Collins, vice president and general manager of Cingular Wireless New England. "These first 100 cell sites of 2004 will pave the way for increased expansion throughout the rest of the year and set the stage for more network enhancements in 2005.

    Cingular Wireless continues to make a number of network enhancements to further improve call quality, create additional capacity and a significant network expansion effort that will bring greater coverage and enhanced service to the region. Specific areas of focus in recent months have included a $1.5 million dollar investment to double network capacity in downtown Boston for the Democratic National Convention earlier this year. Cingular has also been working on service enhancements at local universities including Providence College, University of Rhode Island, Bryant Collage, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, the area around the University of Connecticut and along Route 2 through Harvard. The program will be expanded in 2005 to include Rhode Island Collage and Johnson and Wales University, just to name a few.

    This year's network enhancements have also been focused on some of New England's most popular tourist and vacation destinations with sites added in near the New Hampshire International Speedway, the Foxwood and Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut as well as the Connecticut vacation communities near Gardner Lake, Hopemead State Park, Lake Zoar Southford State Falls, and along the shoreline between Clinton and Old Lyme.

    Cingular also expanded coverage in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts as well as the busy commuter routes along Route 2 in Lincoln, through Harvard and beyond to Phillipson. Service enhancements also occurred throughout western Worcester County.

    In Rhode Island, Cingular Wireless has beefed up its network in the greater Providence area from Warwick through Cranston, Providence and Pawtucket as well as in East Providence.

    Cingular Wireless' 2004 investment comes on the heels of a two-year, $145 million effort implementing an advanced GSM/EDGE voice and data network throughout New England. GSM is the Global System for Mobile Communications, giving customers the latest technology advances, including phones with greater functionality and unique features, high-speed data connectivity and superior sound quality. With almost 1 billion people in 200-plus countries using this technology, more than 70% of the world's total wireless market is GSM. What GSM delivers for voice, EDGE technology delivers for data. EDGE is a high- speed wireless data service which gives customers true "third generation" (3G) wireless data services with data speeds typically three times faster than what was available on GPRS. Cingular Wireless was the first carrier in North America to launch EDGE in June 2003 and expects to complete nationwide deployment this fall. EDGE provides consumers with "always-on" connectivity, greater bandwidth and faster connection speed -- all from a wireless phone.

    Over the last couple of years, we successfully completed our transition to an advanced voice and data network. We could have stopped there, but we didn't. This year we are focusing our resources on increasing coverage, particularly in residential areas and in-building locations throughout the state," said Collins. "These additional improvements will enhance data services and add coverage to make a great network even better."

    About Cingular Wireless in New England:

    Cingular Wireless in New England includes the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire. In the spring of 2003, Cingular announced the New England launch of its next-generation network using Global System for Mobile (GSM) technology for voice, and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) for high-speed wireless data. Over the past two years, Cingular has invested $145 million -- or $1.4 million each week -- in building this advanced wireless network in New England. In spring 2004, the company announced commercial deployment of wireless services using Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology. More than 1 billion people in 200 countries use this technology, which delivers a superior network, the world's widest selection of devices, and faster downloads on games, instant messaging and picture messaging

    About Cingular Wireless

    Cingular Wireless, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE: SBC - News) and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS - News), serves more than 25 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(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Cingular has launched the world's first commercial deployment of wireless services using Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) technology. 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 GPRS, EDGE and Mobitex packet data networks. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com

    Source: Cingular Wireless
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