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WSCA Renews With Cingular


New Agreement with Western States Contracting Alliance Gives State and Local Agencies in 50 States Continued Access to Cingular's Broad Device, Service Portfolios.

The Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) has renewed its contract with Cingular Wireless that provides state and local agencies in 50 states with the ability to purchase Cingular's world- class wireless voice and data services. The new, four-year agreement is expected to generate nearly $2 billion in total revenue for the nation's largest wireless carrier.

Cingular currently provides services to more than one million WSCA subscribers in various state, county and city agencies, and in public schools and institutions of higher learning across the country. Under the renewed contract, WSCA subscribers will have access to Cingular's entire portfolio of wireless devices and services with attractive, negotiated discounts, including converged voice/data handhelds and LaptopConnect cards enabled for Cingular's 3G-based BroadbandConnect service which allows for seamless worldwide roaming on a single LaptopConnect card.

"This contract renewal ensures that over a million WSCA subscribers will continue to have access to Cingular's broad range of world-class wireless voice and data services for the next four years," said Chris Hill, vice president, government solutions, for Cingular Wireless. "These wireless services - enabled for the largest digital wireless voice and data networks in the nation - help government entities to keep their highly mobile workforces connected and serve the public more efficiently."

Cingular's voice network features the fewest dropped calls of any national wireless carrier. Its super-charged, UMTS/HSDPA-based Cingular BroadbandConnect service is available currently in over 160 major metropolitan areas. This wireless broadband network offers average download speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), with bursts to more than one megabit per second (mbps). UMTS/HSDPA is a global standard and natural 3G evolutionary path for GSM providers with 142 UMTS networks in 61 countries and 72 HSDPA networks currently available. Outside of Cingular's 3G coverage area, users seamlessly connect with Cingular's nationwide* EDGE network, the largest national high-speed wireless data network in the U.S. with availability in more than 13,000 cities and towns and along some 40,000 miles of major highways.

Cingular Wireless counts some 1,800 federal, state and local government agencies as customers, and provides wireless services to 95 of the Fortune 100 companies and more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500.