Meet The Old Ma, Same As The Old Ma

InformationWeek - Gina Smith - 21 Mar, 2011
In spring, a young man's heart turns to love. But I've seen young men, and Ma Bell ain't no young man. And this has nothing to do with love. One day before spring was sprung, AT&T on Sunday announced it's shelling out $39 ...

AT&T says it will buy T-Mobile

Detroit Free Press - 21 Mar, 2011
The deal would reduce the number of wireless carriers with national coverage from four to three and is sure to face close regulatory scrutiny. It also removes a potential partner for Sprint Nextel, the struggling No. 3 carrier, which reportedly had ...

AT&T merges T-Mobile, forms largest USmobile provider

Xinhua - Wang Yan - 21 Mar, 2011
BEIJING, March 21 (Xinhuanet) -- The US telecoms giant AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for 39 million US dollars from Deutsche Telekom, the largest European telecoms company, according to foreign media report Monday. The merger was announced Sunday ...

For a whopping $39 billion T-Mobile can definitely hear AT&T coming now

San Jose Mercury News - Bruce Newman - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T, under fire in markets like the Bay Area for the spotty coverage of its wireless network, announced Sunday it will buy smaller rival T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, a deal the phone giant claimed would reduce ...

PRESS DIGEST - New York Times business news - March 21

Reuters - 21 Mar, 2011
March 21 (Reuters) - The following were the top stories in The New York Times business pages on Monday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. * AT&T Inc announced on Sunday that it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA ...

AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile

Boston Globe - Erin Ailworth, Hiawatha Bray - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T Inc. said yesterday that it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion " a partnership sure to face fierce regulatory scrutiny because it could reduce ...

A wireless carrier by any other name

MarketWatch - 21 Mar, 2011
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) " A look at the joint statement from AT&T Inc. and Deutsche Telekom AG paints a synergy of fourth-generation networks as the big story in the former's deal to buy T-Mobile USA. “AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile USA provides an ...

AT&T In $39B Deal For T-Mobile: Regulationpalooza? Wither Sprint?

Barron's (blog) - Tiernan Ray - 21 Mar, 2011
In case you hadn't heard, AT&T (T) on Sunday afternoon said that it would acquire Deutsche Telekom's (DT) T-Mobile USA unit for $39 billion in cash and stock, vaulting the company past Verizon Communications (VZ) as the largest US ...

AT&T and T-Mobile: Wireless' mega merger

CNET - Steven Musil - 21 Mar, 2011
by CNET News staff The No. 2 and No. 4 wireless carriers announce $39 billion merger deal, creating a company with nearly 130 million subscribers, easily leap-frogging Verizon Wireless' for the No. 1 spot. T-Mobile's 33 million subscribers will give ...

AT&T deal for T-Mobile costs Sprint a potential partner

Kansas City Star - Mark Davis - 21 Mar, 2011
T-Mobile USA has agreed to a $39 billion buyout from AT&T Inc., which would create the largest US cellphone carrier but remove a potential merger partner for Sprint Nextel Corp. Sunday's surprise announcement came after renewed but ...

AT&T-T-Mobile: By the numbers

CNET (blog) - Kent German - 21 Mar, 2011
Just when CTIA 2011 was shaping up to be a snoozer, it suddenly got a lot more interesting today when AT&T announced that it was acquiring T-Mobile for $39 billion. A rumored acquisition of T-Mobile has long been percolating for a few ...

AT&T, T-Mobile in blockbuster S$50b merger

TODAYonline - 21 Mar, 2011
NEW YORK - AT&T announced yesterday that it had agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for US$39 billion (S$49.7 billion) - a deal that would create the largest cellular carrier in the United States. The merger - one of the largest since the ...

Poll: AT&T's blockbuster deal for T-Mobile

CBS News - 21 Mar, 2011
Should government regulators let the nation's worst phone carrier - already a colossus - grow even larger through a blockbuster acquisition that would turn it into the biggest cell phone company in the United States? That question is soon to get taken ...

New phones, services likely if AT&T deal OK'd

USA Today - Scott Martin - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T has agreed to buy No. 4 wireless carrier T-Mobile from Germany's Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. Here's a look at what the deal, if approved by federal antitrust regulators, could mean for consumers and the marketplace ...

AT&T merger with T-Mobile doesn't look good for consumers

Los Angeles Times - David Lazarus - 21 Mar, 2011
The latest in a string of acquisitions effectively restores Ma Bell to her former girth yet allows the company to operate in a looser regulatory environment. By David Lazarus When the Bell telephone system " aka AT&T " was broken up in 1984, ...

Verizon Could Buy Sprint Even If Vodafone Brits Balk

Forbes (blog) - John Dobosz - 21 Mar, 2011
With its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom, AT&T is becoming a behemoth that might have made even its Ma Bell namesake, busted asunder by antitrust action in 1982, blush. The 34 million wireless customers from ...

Asia telecoms up; AT&T trading awaited

MarketWatch - 21 Mar, 2011
By MarketWatch LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) " Asian telecom stocks traded higher Monday, but with bigger moves expected in European and US markets following news AT&T Inc. plans to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for about $39 billion in cash ...

AT&T to buy T-Mobile, creating wireless giant

Los Angeles Times - 21 Mar, 2011
The telecom firm's surprise $39-billion acquisition of its smaller rival could lead to further consolidation in the US wireless industry. By David Sarno and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times AT&T's surprise $39-billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. could ...

US mobile firms to combine in $39bn deal

Independent - Stephen Foley - 21 Mar, 2011
Two of the four largest mobile phone operators in the US last night unveiled an audacious plan to combine, in a direct challenge to competition authorities who have already expressed concern that consumers may not always be ...

AT&T Has to Fend Off Regulatory Scrutiny to Win Nod for 'Unthinkable' Bid

Bloomberg - Amy Thomson, Sara Forden - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T Inc. (T)'s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, the biggest acquisition worldwide in almost a year, may take a year to gain regulators' approval even if the carrier pledges to sell assets and expand rural coverage. The acquisition would push AT&T ...

Can Sprint win over regulators in AT&T, T-Mobile merger?

ZDNet (blog) - Larry Dignan - 21 Mar, 2011
Sprint has frequently been the underdog in the wireless industry and bargain pricing, early moves to 4G and improving customer service have been its weapons of choice. Now it better hire a few lobbyists if ...

AT&T-T-Mobile: By the numbers

CNET (blog) - Jessica Dolcourt - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T makes a case for bringing its customers greater LTE coverage after it merges with T-Mobile USA. Both T-Mobile and AT&T have a claim to fame in recent smartphone history. AT&T was first to get the Apple iPhone, in an exclusive ...

AT&T and T-Mobile--listen before you judge

CNET - Larry Downes - 21 Mar, 2011
Within hours, the Media Access Project announced that "if approved, this deal would further increase costs and decrease choices for the public." Media reform group Free Press headlined its press release, "Consumers lose when there's ...

AT&T deal raises competition concerns

MarketWatch - Virginia Harrison - 21 Mar, 2011
SYDNEY (MarketWatch) " AT&T Inc.'s play for T-Mobile USA would boost its wireless revenues to nearly $80 billion, but the proposed deal is sparking competition concerns from at least one rival, as the merger is ...

AT&T and T-Mobile merger to create largest mobile provider in US

The Guardian - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39bn. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images In what would be one of the biggest deals since the financial crisis broke, the US telecoms giant AT&T has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche ...

AT&T agrees to buy T-Mobile USA

Washington Post - 21 Mar, 2011
AT&T said Sunday it has agreed to purchase T-Mobile USA in a $39 billion acquisition that greatly consolidates the wireless industry and tests federal regulators, who will scrutinize whether the deal harms competitors. The union would create the ...

Analysts view - ATT deal to buy T-Mobile USA creates new leader

Reuters UK - Sinead Carew, Diane Bartz - 21 Mar, 2011
NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's (TN) surprise $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) will create a new leader in the US mobile sector and likely draw regulatory scrutiny. "Obviously it (the deal) will get a fair amount ...

AT&T-T-Mobile USA deal may face regulatory hurdles

CNET (blog) - Marguerite Reardon - 21 Mar, 2011
From a network and technology perspective, the $39 billion marriage between AT&T and T-Mobile USA is a no-brainer, but the companies may have to do some smooth talking to get the deal approved by regulators. AT&T and T-Mobile USA, ...

Dems to scrutinize AT&TTMobile merger

Politico - Tony Romm - 21 Mar, 2011
Top Senate Democrats are already signaling they intend to take a closer look at whether AT&T's $39 billion plan to purchase T-Mobile poses threats to competition or consumers. First out of the gate Sunday was Sen. ...

A very big call

The Economist (blog) - 21 Mar, 2011
COULD this be the end of the line for T-Mobile USA? On March 20th AT&T, an American telecoms giant, launched an eye-watering $39 billion bid for its smaller competitor, which is owned by Germany's Deutsche Telekom. If approved, the acquisition would ...

 

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