Monday, October 17, 2005

Cingular Activates HSDPA in Seattle and Phoenix with Lucent

Cingular Wireless activated HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) capabilities in Seattle and Phoenix, becoming the first carrier to provide UMTS customers with simultaneous voice and mobile high-speed data services over commercial HSDPA deployment. When used with HSDPA capable devices, Cingular customers will receive average data connection speeds between 400-700 kbps with bursts over 1 Mbps. Cingular plans to support multimedia services, including high-quality streaming video, fast downloads of high-resolution images and other large files, and interactive services and applications such as advanced gaming in the mobile environment.

Lucent Technologies provided the HSDPA upgrades to Congular in both markets. Lucent also is upgrading additional key markets across the United States and is poised to support Cingular's initial rollout of this advanced network. The upgrades include Lucent's OneBTS base stations (Node Bs) -- which support HSDPA -- Radio Network Controller (RNC), Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), and 3G Mobile Switching Center based on the Lucent Network Controller and Lucent Network Gateway.

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