Cingular Wireless Invests Half a Billion Dollars in New York/New Jersey Wireless Network Thursday July 28, 8:00 am ET TURNING ON 275 NEW CELL SITES IN 2005 ROSELAND, N.J., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, the country's largest wireless provider, today announced it will invest more than $500 million this year on network improvements in New York and New Jersey -- including turning on-air approximately 275 new cell sites. Nationwide, the company will spend more than $6 billion 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 New York," said Stephen Breheny, Executive Director Network Services, Cingular Wireless, New York/New Jersey. "We have also boosted network capacity by more than 30 percent over the past six months so that our customers now 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 105 new cell sites in New York and New Jersey including 16 in Manhattan, 24 in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, 13 in Westchester County and nine in Bergen County. Since the merger with AT&T Wireless last October, Cingular has added more than 250 new cell sites to its network. The company is constantly monitoring its network and its competition, driving approximately 95,000 miles per month throughout metropolitan New York and northern New Jersey. That's equivalent to nearly four 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.