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Taking the wireless high road

AT&T announces it will stick to its own wireless guns when it comes to next-generation technology.

AT&T today announced it would stick to its own wireless guns for next-generation technology. Following a $1 billion deal with Lucent Technologies, the telecommunications giant said it will go with a technology separate from one agreed upon by former rivals Qualcomm and Ericsson. Although the industry recognizes the need for a worldwide wireless standard, the battle to establish one agreeable to all no doubt will continue.

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