Cingular is planning to spend $385 million in network upgrades for expanded and improved coverage across the Carolinas this year.

Cingular plans to spend $210 million in North Carolina, compared to $161 million in 2005, and another $175 million in South Carolina, compared to $150 million a year ago.

Nearly 200 new cell sites will be added in North Carolina alone. Another 148 will be added in South Carolina.

“Our ongoing focus is to offer Cingular customers the best wireless experience possible,” said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager for Cingular in the Carolinas. “This network investment will enable us to continue to bring residents of North Carolina the highest quality service available – service that is enhanced by best-in-industry calling plan value and cutting-edge devices.”