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CINGULAR To Add 150 Cell Sites in New England in 2005

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by jones, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jones

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    Cingular Wireless Invests $250 Million in New England Network
    Monday August 8, 9:50 am ET
    TURNING ON 150 NEW CELL SITES IN 2005


    WESTWOOD, Mass., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, the country's largest wireless provider, today announced it intends to invest more than $250 million this year in New England, integrating the Cingular and AT&T Wireless networks; increasing coverage and capacity; building new sites; adding portable generators and batteries; and offering enhanced new features. Nationwide, the company is spending more than $6 billion on its ALLOVER(SM) Network*, the nation's largest digital voice and data network.
    "Better coverage is what wireless customers want, and better coverage is exactly what Cingular is delivering," said Mark S. Collins, vice president and general manager, Cingular Wireless, New England. "We continuously expand and improve our network to give our customers a quality wireless experience."

    Throughout New England, Cingular will build approximately 150 new cell sites this year. The company has already turned on 57 new sites throughout several states:


    - In Massachusetts, 30 new sites are now providing expanded coverage for
    customers. Cingular has more cell sites in greater Boston than any
    other wireless carrier
    , as a result of its merger with AT&T Wireless.
    In just the past few months, four new sites have been added in Boston
    along Commonwealth Avenue, the Jamaica Way and in downtown and Roxbury
    neighborhoods. In Cape Cod, five new sites have enhanced service in
    Chatham, Hyannis, Nantucket, Provincetown and South Truro. Shoppers
    visiting the Cape Cod Mall now enjoy expanded Cingular coverage inside
    buildings and stores. And in Attleboro, Cingular customers now
    experience enhanced coverage inside the Emerald Square Mall.
    - In Maine, eleven new sites improve service in Waldoboro, Yarmouth,
    North Yarmouth, Limington, Scarborough, Naples, Sebago, Gardner,
    Kennebunkport, Cornish and Cumberland.
    - In New Hampshire, several new cell sites enhance wireless coverage in
    Pembroke, Dublin and Belmont.
    - In Connecticut, new Cingular sites improve service in Cheshire, Canton,
    Woodbury and Southington.
    - In Rhode Island, new sites provide expanded coverage in Cranston,
    Foster and Warwick.

    Cingular's ALLOVER(SM) Network now covers more than 270 million people and is growing. It will have access to some 45,000 cell sites by the end of 2006. 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.

    In New England, Cingular's network technicians drive approximately 80,000 miles every month throughout the six-state area, monitoring the company's network and the service of 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 company 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.

    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.
     
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    Forgive me if this has been asked before but...

    Why does Cingular have absolutely no coverage in Vermont (and according to this article, it doesn't look like they're adding any)? Is there some reason they avoid Vermont?
     
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    they have a roaming agreement w/ unicel.
     
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    Yeah, they have a roaming agreement with Unicel, but where is Unicel when it comes to getting GSM up and running? Dragging their feet.

    -way
     
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    i go skiing in upstate NY or northeast PA
    so i don't have to go to Vermont.
     
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    Do they even have licenses in VT?
     
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    Yes, I was aware of Unicel, but I have a pre-paid plan that does not allow roaming on other networks. Can it be assumed that anywhere Cingular has a roaming agreement, they are not going to provide native coverage?
     
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    In PRESS SPEAK, could adding cell sites mean converting over At&T sites?
     
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    ADDING is the opposite of subtracting.
     
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    The Cingular prepaid service coverage maps, should be a decent indication of where native Cingular service is available, since the prepaid accounts cannot roam on other networks.

    Both of the prepaid maps show no coverage in Vermont.

    Cingular (postpay) roams on Unicel in Vermont. Coverage this past April was non-stop all the way up Interstate 89, which begins in New Hampshire.
     
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    According to this Wireless Week news brief, it will also be used to integrate the two networks.
     
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    Thanks; That is exactly my point.
     
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    When you buy something it becomes YOURS at the time of purchase. Therefore, you can't add what you already bought.

    Adding means installing NEW sites, not integrating former AT&T sites. Cingular already bought AT&T Wireless, so they already count all towers as their own. Saying that they are adding sites when converting former AT&T sites would be incorrect, because those sites are not new.
     
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    I agree, this would be false advertising on there part, if they say they are "adding" new sites & that means "Integrating" then it's wrong. I think when they say they are expanding the network with the money, they are including both in the amount being spent, so out of the 500 Million in our area part is for new towers, part is for integrating, with the bulk being building new towers.
     
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    Really??? I guess I learned something today! :lmao:
     
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    See, they say we all learn something new everyday, guess it's true. ;)
     
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    Yes, we all learn something new everyday. Life, is a learning process.

    I can also say this: When I talk to a colleague who is on VZW, and I call with either TracFone (Cingular, VZW), the call is clear. When I call using T-Mobile, I can hardly hear the person I'm talking to, too much "call-breakup".

    The phone is brand new (the 6800) so I doubt it's the phone. :confused:

    What I believe is (or will be) a Cingular tower off Route 128 in Wakefield, MA, was being worked on for the past week or so, I'm guessing new (or upgraded) equipment is being installed. :)
     
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