Cingular Wireless Invests $200 Million in Greater Philadelphia Network Monday August 1, 7:54 am ET Turning on 140 New Cell Sites in 2005 KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, the country's largest wireless provider, today announced it will invest more than $200 million this year in the Greater Philadelphia area - including turning on-air approximately 140 new cell sites. Nationwide, the company is spending more than $6 billion dollars on its ALLOVER(SM) network*, the nation's largest digital voice and data network. "Better wireless coverage and performance is exactly what Cingular is delivering in more places than ever before in metropolitan Philadelphia, central and northeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware," said Glen Robinson, Cingular's Executive Director Network Services, Greater Philadelphia. "We have also boosted network capacity by approximately 30% over the last six months so that our customers experience fewer dropped calls whether they're using their Cingular service at home, at work or on vacation." So far this year, Cingular has turned on more than 55 new cell sites in the Greater Philadelphia area, including four in each of the following Pennsylvania counties; Fulton, Monroe and York as well as three new sites in these counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; Lancaster PA, Lehigh PA, Luzerne PA, Mercer NJ, Pike PA and Wayne PA. Two new cell sites are now on air in the following counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; Berks PA, Burlington NJ, Juniata PA, Kent DE, Northampton PA, Ocean NJ, and Sussex DE. One new cell site has been added in the following counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland; Atlantic NJ, Cecil MD, Centre PA, Chester PA, Cumberland NJ, Lackawanna PA, Middlesex NJ, Mifflin PA, Montgomery PA, Montour PA and Northumberland PA. Cingular's network technicians drive approximately 80,000 miles every month throughout the greater Philadelphia area, monitoring the company's network and its competitors. That's equivalent to three complete trips around the earth. Nationally the company and its third party vendors expect to log nearly 30 million miles over the next year -- the equivalent of more than 50 round trips to the moon. Cingular's interactive mapping tool, available at all retail locations and by calling 1-866-CINGULAR, can answer specific coverage questions based on a customer's address, a street intersection, zip code, state or landmark. The service can even estimate the likelihood of coverage in various scenarios -- inside a building, for example. Cingular's ALLOVER network now covers more than 270 million people. The company's EDGE network -- the fastest national high-speed data network in America -- provides average data connections of up to 135 kilobits per second in more than 13,000 cities and towns and in areas along nearly 40,000 miles of highways. The company's network growth relies on advanced GSM/EDGE technology. GSM is the world standard for wireless communication, used by more than a billion people in 200-plus countries. Cingular customers can make calls in more than 170 countries and access data services in more than 70 countries. For more information about Cingular, please contact 1-866-CINGULAR or visit www.cingular.com.