Cingular Wireless is moving ahead with plans to build a high-speed 3G wireless network.

The company has issued a request for proposal to telecommunications hardware providers, said Ralph de la Vega, Cingular’s chief operating officer, at a meeting in New York.

The third-generation network is designed to deliver multimedia services at much faster speeds than traditional cellular networks.
Cingular has decided to implement Universal Mobile Telecommunications System standards that permits data rates up to 384 kbps. An additional download feature will offer speeds up to 14.4 Mbps.

De la Vega said Cingular’s acquisition of AT&T Wireless gives the company the spectrum it needs for the 3G offering.