AT&T Wireless Merger Rumors Intensify
Jan 15, 2004, 4:59 PM by (staff)
AT&T Wireless has become the center of a new wave of merger rumors and reports. Most speculation has focused on the possibility of Cingular buying the company. But more recent reports point to other potential buyers, including NTT DoCoMo, Nextel, and Vodafone. NTT DoCoMo already owns 15 percent of AT&T Wireless. Vodafone currently owns a large stake in Verizon Wireless, but AT&T's GSM technology would be a better fit with Vodafone's international networks and global plans. Another report indicates that AT&T Wireless has already hired Merrill Lynch & Co. to arrange the merger or sale.
T-Mobile and Dish Discussing Possible Merger
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Dish Seeking Cash for Possible T-Mobile Deal
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Verizon Closer to $10B Asset Sale to Pay Down Debt
Verizon Communications has lined up several deals that will earn it up to $10 billion, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company took on a massive amount of debt to buy Vodafone's portion of Verizon Wireless last year.
Sprint Settles Lawsuit Over Nextel Merger for $131 Million
Sprint today settled a class-action lawsuit regarding its 2005 acquisition of Nextel for $131 million. Investors claim Sprint executives defrauded shareholders by inflating stock and bond prices after Sprint closed its acquisition of Nextel.
Deutsche Telekom Shopping T-Mobile to Comcast
Deutsche Telekom is discussing with Comcast the possibility of the cable firm buying T-Mobile US. Deutsche Telekom is talking to several other companies, including Dish Networks, but Comcast is seen as the primary contender thanks to its stronger finances.
Cingular or others to Acquire ATTWS
BBC World has some speculation about DoMoCo making a bid as well: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3415577...