The City of Houston has awarded Cingular Wireless a five-year, $8 million contract to provide voice and data services to employees of America’s fourth largest city. The new contract, which represents about 80 percent of the City’s planned wireless expenditures over the next half-decade, includes the deployment of more than 1,600 EDGE-enabled PC modem cards and BlackBerry(TM) handhelds. Cingular also will continue to provide voice services for more than 3,800 wireless phones that it retains from previous agreements with the City.
Cingular operates the largest digital wireless voice and data network in the U.S. and is the leading provider of BlackBerry services in the world. Cingular’s EDGE service is the largest and fastest national wireless data network in the country, providing coverage in 13,000 cities and towns, and along 40,000 miles of interstate highways.
“Cingular Wireless is delighted that the City of Houston is now entrusting Cingular with the delivery of data to its employees in the field in addition to selecting us to continue providing it with the vast majority of its wireless voice services,” said Kent Mathy, president of Cingular Wireless’ business-to-business organization, the Business Markets Group. “This contract is a tribute to the strength and reliability of our network, and to the expertise and commitment that Cingular brings to its many Government customers through its long history of serving this key segment.”
Cingular Wireless counts more than 1,200 federal, state and local government agencies as customers, and provides wireless services to 95 of the Fortune 100 companies as well as more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500.