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Digging deep in the wireless trenches

In the wake of multibillion-dollar wireless mergers, the nation's leading local phone companies are scrambling to catch up with competitors here and abroad.

In the wake of multibillion-dollar international wireless mergers, the nation's leading local phone companies are scrambling to catch up to competitors here and abroad. Analysts say Bell Atlantic may have missed the boat with its failed bid for AirTouch Communications, while SBC makes strides to ensure it has a foothold in the burgeoning national wireless market.

Bells behind curve on wireless business
As the wireless market explodes with big-money mergers and new calling plans, the nation's leading local phone companies are scrambling to catch up to their national competitors.

SBC to buy Comcast's cellular operations
update The No. 2 U.S. local telephone company will buy Comcast's cellular operations for $1.67 billion in cash and debt to expand its presence in the northeastern United States.

Wireless giants ink $56 billion deal
update AirTouch Communications has accepted Vodafone Group's bid of close to $56 billion, ending a bidding war for the San Francisco-based mobile phone giant.

Where's MCI WorldCom on wireless?
news analysis After officially withdrawing from the bidding war over Airtouch Communications last week, MCI WorldCom is left on the sidelines of the wireless phone market, with no clear plan ahead.