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Wireless giants pair up to tackle booming market

Telecommunications firms are racing to consolidate and make deals this week as they try to capture a piece of the burgeoning wireless industry.

 

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Telecommunications firms are racing to consolidate and make deals this week as they try to capture a piece of the burgeoning wireless industry.

"There will probably be a core group of five or six national (wireless) players. I think you'll see the consolidation continue."

- Eric Melloul, Argus Research financial analyst

 


SBC, BellSouth create wireless giant
update The companies plan to combine their wireless phone businesses, a venture that could create the second-largest player in the U.S. wireless market.

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