AT&T Hits Redial on Wireless

AT&T has reached a
deal to offer AT&T-branded wireless service through Sprint .

As a result of the 5-year agreement, AT&T will expand wireless services it
is currently testing in select U.S. markets with hopes of a launch later
this year.

In doing so, it’s betting on its brand name, expressing confidence that
wireless consumers awash with choices will pick “the most trusted name in
communications.”

Wireless is an essential element of bundled packages, which help attract and keep consumer and small and medium business subscribers.

AT&T expects to add wireless service to its local and long-distance calling
packages. In addition, AT&T plans to offer handsets that also allow
customers to make VoIP calls over Wi-Fi connections in homes
and businesses.

An AT&T spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

In a statement, AT&T Chairman and CEO David W. Dorman said, “AT&T has proved
it is capable of rolling out bundles of new and complex services quickly and
cost-effectively, with top-notch customer service, and we are excited to
have this important capability that will help us better serve customers.”

On the enterprise side, AT&T has been looking to use its IP
network to supply advanced network services to large companies and
government agencies.

Industry watchers like today’s wireless deal. The agreement is especially
promising for Overland, Kan.-based Sprint, which could add more service
providers to its network. Virgin Mobile and Qwest already use
Sprint’s infrastructure.

“We think cable modem carriers may also want to offer wireless services and
may represent potential partners,” analysts at SG Cowen said in a note to
investors today.

Financial terms of the non-exclusive AT&T-Sprint deal were not disclosed.

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