AT&T has agreed to take control of Element Mobile's CDMA network, which operates in Wisconsin, and eventually transition it to an HSPA-based network.
AT&T will form a new company with Element Mobile's assets,
called Lake Mobility, that is 60% owned by AT&T. It will market and
sell products under the AT&T brand to consumers in the central
According to documents filed with the Federal
Communications Commission, AT&T will operate Element's CDMA network
for at least a year while it builds out its own HSPA network in the
region. It will eventually transition Element's customers to its own
network over time with no loss of service. "AT&T will offer each
postpaid subscriber a HSPA+ handset comparable to their existing CDMA
handset without requiring a contract extension," said AT&T. "For
postpaid CDMA subscribers with term contracts (other than month-to-month
contracts), AT&T plans to honor the majority of such subscribers'
contracts for the life of those contracts by providing them with
substantially similar AT&T service plans.