AT&T to reconsider MVNO

Jan 31 2005 - 11:18 PM ET | AT&T Wireless, MVNO
Early this morning, we reported that SBC agreed to purchase AT&T for $16 billion, and in the report we briefly mentioned AT&T's plans to use its AT&T Wireless brand name under a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). It appears that the plan may be on hold... AT&T announced that the deal was, "under review" but AT&T Chairman David Dorman also said the company would be willing to sell service through Cingular. bq. Analysts widely expect the review to result in AT&T exiting its five year agreement to rent space on Sprint's network if the SBC deal closes as expected in the first half of 2006. Since SBC owns the majority stake in Cingular, having AT&T operate a network through Sprint would be an interesting business move.