AT&T, Deutsche Telekom Have Joint Venture Plan in the Wings
AT&T and T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom are considering whether or not it would work for the two companies to form a joint venture — instead of merge — reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with the companies' plans, the Journal says that discussions of a joint venture, which would have the two wireless network operators pool resources, are in preliminary stages and being reserved as a back-burner plan to be used only if the deal falls apart. The Journal's sources did not provide specifics on how such a joint venture would work. AT&T hopes to buy T-Mobile USA so it can use the company's spectrum for its planned Long Term Evolution 4G network. The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the acquisition, which AT&T intends to fight.
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Negativity is contagious
What amazes me about this whole thing is, how everyone seems to be so negative toward this deal going through. What would be the difference if Sprint had bought it or some other carrier?
Sprint would be...
If AT&T figures out away to do the merger and then somehow are declared an monopoly and are broken up! Can anyone see the 1970's-1980'S repeating here! Not that I am that old but I do my share of reading what happened in history.
This is one problem with being predictable.
Could this "join venture" be similar to Verizon Wireless where Verizon and Vodafone maintain a joint venture?
a JV could be the ideal litmus test...
Well, okay, a joint venture might be just the right litmus test:
*AT&T deploys LTE using its own Lower 700 MHz and AWS 2100+1700 MHz spectrum to 80 percent of the population. That covers all major population centers.
*To reach the remaining 17 pe...
ATT wants it and DT wants to sell it.