LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Alltel today announced agreements to sell the Cellular One brand to Dobson Cellular Systems, Inc., and a Rural Service Area (RSA) market in southwest Arkansas to Cingular Wireless LLC, a joint venture of AT&T Inc., formerly SBC Communications, and BellSouth Corporation. The agreements, subject to federal regulatory approval, will complete divestiture requirements related to Alltel's merger with Western Wireless Corp.
Alltel will receive $1.3 million in cash from Dobson for the Cellular One brand and expects to the close transaction before the end of the year.
Terms of the Cingular transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006, were not disclosed. The Arkansas wireless market covers Hempstead, Nevada, Lafayette and Columbia counties. Alltel will retain ownership of the wireless property in those counties that it operated prior to the merger with Western Wireless.
The financial and legal advisers for Alltel in the transactions were Daniels & Associates L.P. and Kutak Rock LLP.
Alltel is a customer-focused communications company with more than 15 million customers in 36 states and nearly $10 billion in annual revenues.
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