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Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T's Iusacell Acquisition

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Dec 22, 2014, 11:38 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Mexico's equivalent of the FTC today approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of provider Iusacell with unknown specifications, reports Reuters. AT&T first proposed the deal last month. Iusacell offers wireless service under its own name and the Unefon brand name. It has 8.6 million subscribers, but covers about 70% of Mexico's population of 120 million. AT&T will gain the subscribers, spectrum licenses, network assets, and retail operations of Iusacell, once the purchase is completed. The Mexican watchdog also gave Grupo Salinas, which owns 50% of Iusacell, permission to buy out its partner. With 100% ownership, Grupo Salinas is able to sell Iusacell in its entirety to AT&T. AT&T said it plans to expand Iusacell's network to cover more Mexicans and sees the acquisition as a long-term growth opportunity. Iusacell will remain headquartered in Mexico City. The FCC and FTC still need to approve the deal from the U.S. side of the border.

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Dec 22, 2014, 12:31 PM

Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.

Oh Gee, Can't monopolize in the US so lets change countries.
Ironically enough, having AT&T enter the Mexican comms market is a nice change from the Telmex monopoly 🤣
But I don't hear anyone complaining about the fact until recently, at&t was the only fully American owned telcom in the country, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all being fully or partially foreign owned. Even Tracfone isn't actually an American company...
crying out loud.....

ATT has no monopoly.

1: exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action
2: exclusive possession or control
3: a commodity controlled by one party
4: one that has a monopoly

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