Dell plans to equip laptop computers for access to Cingular’s multimedia 3G network beginning in the first quarter of 2006.

Dell and Cingular announced Wednesday that they would work together to provide network access as Cingular continues to expand its high-speed wireless data coverage.

Dell now offers a PC card modem that can be purchased separately to access Cingular’s network.

Cingular is deploying a network based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) technology, an emerging global standard for 3G wireless networks. It will include high-speed downlink packet access wireless broadband technology that will be included in the Dell laptops. The network offers download speeds between 400-700 kilobits per second. Cingular offers data service plans as low as $59.99 per month.

Cingular plans to offer its broadband service in up to 20 markets by the end of this year and in most major US metro areas by the end of 2006.