AT&T & LightSquared? Really?

9:20 PM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is going to have to eat crow if a rumored deal that would see Ma Bell selling LTE capacity to the Philip Falcone-backed venture comes to pass.

Bloomberg quotes two people with knowledge of the talks in its story. The deal is said to be in the very early stages and in no way definite right now.

It doesn't seem like a good bet to me: Think back to CTIA in March and recall that AT&T CTO John Donovan cast a dim light on spectrum sharing then: "Once you start to load up your network too much, you put your reputation at risk," he said on a panel at the show. (See CTIA 2011: Sparks Fly Over Spectrum Sharing.)

John Stankey, head of AT&T's enterprise business, meanwhile, took time out to pooh-pooh the whole notion of LightSquared's wholesale model as recently as last month. (See FAA Warns on LightSquared GPS Tests in Nevada.) Recall, also, that AT&T was unhappy about restrictions placed on its access to the potential LightSquared network back in 2010. Words like "targeted favoritism" were being thrown around last April. (See LTE Watch: Harbinger Angers AT&T & Verizon .)

No love lost there, it seems to me.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

SellTower 12/5/2012 | 5:03:18 PM
re: AT&T & LightSquared? Really?

I find the whole story hard to believe other than a deliberate misdirection.  AT&T is using lack of capacity to justify its acquisition of T-Mobile.  So how can they provide capacity to LightSquared?  It looks like smoke and mirrors to me.

bollocks187 12/5/2012 | 5:03:03 PM
re: AT&T & LightSquared? Really?

Its scary get a new one please.


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