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Economic Policy Institute Debates AT&T T-Mobile Merger

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WASHINGTON June 29, 2011-The Economic Policy Institute gathered leading industry experts for a panel on Tuesday to debate the impending merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

At the end of March, AT&T announced plans to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The merger has garnered a great deal of controversy because it would create the nation’s largest mobile provider.

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Analysis: For AT&T, It’s All About The Spectrum

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WASHINGTON March 29, 2011 – With the acquisition of T-Mobile, AT&T may be not only solving a long standing question about where it would find the spectrum to deploy its planned 4G network, but also make a leap in its public image.

Currently, AT&T uses a band of spectrum not supported by any other carrier in the world, meaning handsets must be specially made for the carrier. Both T-Mobile and AT&T use the same base technology, but the two carriers run their 3G networks on different bands of spectrum. The acquisition of T-Mobile would greatly increase the amount of spectrum and infrastructure that AT&T would possess, bringing service to a greater number of Americans.

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Americans Tap Into Mobile Networks to Share World Cup Experience

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WASHINGTON, July 26, 2010 – Americans were among the largest group of people visiting South Africa during the World Cup soccer match played in June, according to mobile phone data from Aicent. More than 60 percent of Aicent’s data traffic came from customers of GSM operators in the United States, said Aicent, a provider of data network, messaging and roaming services for mobile operators.

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Nokia Siemens to Acquire Motorola Infrastructure Assets for $1.2 Billion

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WASHINGTON July 19, 2010 – Nokia Siemans is set to acquire Motorola’s network infrastructure assets for $1.2 billion in cash. The firms will finalize the deal by the end of the year. With the purchase Nokia Siemans will become the “#3 wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States, the #1 foreign wireless vendor in Japan, and strengthen its current #2 position in the global infrastructure segment”.

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