AT&T Wireless, Cingular Joint Venture to Begin
Last year AT&T Wireless and Cingular announced a joint venture to build out GSM coverage on rural highways in western and midwestern states. Today they announced that the build-out will start this quarter and they have expanded the relationship to include additional states in the North East. AT&T and Cingular make natural partners since both own TDMA 800/1900 networks that each is converting to GSM 800/1900. If the two continue to expand their relationship they could quickly beat T-Mobile in having the best GSM coverage in the US.