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MetroPCS, Alltel Pick Up Fallout from Cingular Merger

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Nov 29, 2004, 11:21 AM   by (staff)

Cingular recently announced the sale of certain regional assets to MetroPCS and Alltel. The divestitures are required by the government as conditions of approval of Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless. The MetroPCS sale includes 10 MHz of spectrum in two major markets - Detroit and Dallas - for which Cingular will receive $230 million in cash. The deal will allow MetroPCS to expand to cover five of the top twelve U.S. metro areas. For $170 million in cash, Alltel will gain spectrum, network, and customers in parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Mississippi. The Alltel sale also includes spectrum and network in Wichita, Kansas, and additional spectrum in parts of Georgia and Texas. Both deals are expected to close in the first quarter of 2005.

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Nov 29, 2004, 1:01 PM


What does this mean for Connecticut? Is Cingular service going to get better worse or no impact?
Police21786 said:
What does this mean for Connecticut? Is Cingular service going to get better worse or no impact?

No impact, probably. They're selling off excess spectrum, so I'm guessing that Cingular thinks they ha...

Nov 29, 2004, 4:08 PM

Isn't Alltel all-CDMA?

Isn't Alltel running an all-CDMA network? What use will they have for the portions of AT&T's network that they're getting?
I believe they are buying the spectrum, not the towers. they then can put up there own cdma network
For the places where they are getting customers, that's a major asset. Without the network also, those customers would lose service until Alltel could build its own network, which would take years. So they would lose those customers... The network wil...
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