Another AT&T Hail Mary pass for T-Mobile: The joint venture

Summary:This joint venture backup plan would give both companies spectrum and keep T-Mobile as a competitor.

Give AT&T and Deutsche Telekom credit: The companies are certainly trying to find every avenue to close the purchase of T-Mobile. Now the companies are pondering a joint venture that would create a new wireless network.

According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have talked about pooling network assets into a joint venture. Given that regulators are likely to crush AT&T's bid for T-Mobile, a joint venture may be a nice end run.

This joint venture backup plan would give both companies spectrum and keep T-Mobile as a competitor.

The details here will be key, but it's not like there isn't precedent for wireless joint ventures. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture between Verizon and Vodafone. In the U.K., Orange and T-Mobile formed a joint venture.

It's unclear where the AT&T and T-Mobile saga will go, but there will be a February court date with the Department of Justice before any joint venture plans are drawn up.

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Topics: Storage, AT&T, Banking, CXO, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Government, Government : US, Mobility, Wi-Fi

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