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SK Telecom, Earthlink Make Tie-Up Official

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Mar 24, 2005, 6:11 PM   by (staff)

SK Telecom and Earthlink have finalized the terms of their agreement to create SK-Earthlink, starting with a $440 million investment. The venture is expected launch CDMA EV-DO high speed data handsets and services in the third quarter. Although Sprint and Verizon were both mentioned initially, SK-Earthlink still has not announced which carriers they will partner with to provide the high speed network. It is now being reported Sprint will be the "main partner."

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Mar 24, 2005, 7:11 PM

Sprint? Makes sense.

They're the ones with ample spectrum...but I had expected Verizon to play a part. Guess not.
Or maybe because Earthlink and Sprint go hand in hand in lots of things... ?

Mar 25, 2005, 3:15 AM


The relationship between Earthlink and Sprint goes back years... (That said, Earthlink also has more recent ties to VZW for laptop and Blackberry service.) Between that and SPCS being the more MVNO-friendly of the two, I'd expect SK-Earthlink to use "mainly Sprint".

-a former Earthlinker Wink
My question is what the preference of carrier would be. Would SK Earthlink use Sprint Nextel as the primary and Verizon as the secondary or vice-versa?
Invader J

Mar 24, 2005, 10:48 PM


I'm so totally hyped for this, but I was really hoping for Q2 at the latest - I expected them to initially use Verizon from their initial PR. Oh well, the waiting game begins...
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