Consolidation up north: Alaska Communications bows out of wireless

Consolidation up north: Alaska Communications bows out of wireless
Alaska Communications Systems Group, minority owner of the Alaska Wireless Network, is selling its 33% stake to the wireless carrier’s primary holder, General Communications, also known as GCI.

If GCI rings a bell, that would be because the company just signed an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile, Team Magenta’s first US LTE roaming agreement. It is a reciprocal roaming arrangement which makes T-Mobile’s network available to any of AWN’s approximately 260,000 subscribers.

Alaska Communication’s is getting about $300 million for its portion of AWN. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. Alaska Communications will use most of the cash from the sale to pay down debt and then it is going to focus on wired broadband development and IT services.

For GCI, it consolidates its footing as the sole regional carrier competing against Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint in Alaska.

sources: GCI via FierceWireless



1. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i thought alaska was part of the US, and so "roaming" is only when you're overseas...

2. Leo_MC

Posts: 7212; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There's international roaming and there's national roaming.

3. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

LTE-network roaming is not pervasive in the US.

4. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Tmobile has no towers in alaska there running off of AT&T's network. So I don't know how they signed an LTE roaming agreement with Tmobile. I checked the coverage map of Tmobile it is purple which means roaming partner.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Could just mean that if the AWN customers are outside of Alaska and in the Continental US, they would be covered by T-Mobile's network.

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