Posted on 7-Dec-2005 07:46
Filed under: News
Cingular Wireless has launched its new 3G wireless, dubbed Cingular BroadbandConnect, which is initially available to 52 communities throughout the United States. The company will continue to extend the network next year.
Stan Sigman, Cingular's president and CEO, announced the service at an investor conference in New York City: "Make no mistake about it: Wireless users want the speed and services they've come to expect from their wired connections. And today Cingular is delivering on its promises to provide both the speed and reliability customers need."
Cingular's 3G network is the first available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. HSDPA is a high-speed evolution of GSM/EDGE (Global System for Mobile Communication/Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution), which shares a common core network.
Cingular will initially launch the BroadbandConnect service in Austin (TX.), Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland (OR.), Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA.), Seattle, Tacoma (Wash.) and Washington D.C.
As an enhancement to the company's nationwide EDGE network, Cingular BroadbandConnect can provide an average mobile data connections between 400-700Kbps (kilobits per second) on the downlink and bursts to more than a megabit per second. Users need a compatible device and service plan to use the new network.
BroadbandConnect combines a laptop modem card, Cingular's Communication Manager software and a Data Connect plan for use on laptops. Customers can use their laptops to access the Internet or e-mail, download large files and attachments, and run corporate business applications at broadband speeds in areas covered by BroadbandConnect.
The service also offers additional security features compared to alternative wireless technologies. Additional devices and exclusive services that take advantage of the high-speed HSDPA network, such as transmitting full motion video and providing ultra-fast audio, will be available in 2006.
The laptop modem cards are dual-band HSDPA/UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) (850/1900Mhz) and backward compatible with EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) in four bands (850/900/1800/1900Mhz), so the session is seamlessly transferred to the company's nationwide EDGE network or a data network of one of its roaming partners.
The Cingular EDGE network is available in more than 13,000 cities and towns and in areas along 40,000 miles of highways, providing average data speeds between 70-135Kbps.
Customers can purchase either a Sierra Wireless AC860 or Novatel U730 laptop modem card for US$99.99, after rebate. A a qualifying voice plan and introductory two-year US$59.99 Unlimited Data Connect plan is available. A variety of monthly data plans are available starting at US$19.99 for 5 MB.