Originally Posted by angrylogger
Basically, there are massive density economies in delivering cellular service (e.g. it's better to use a higher percentage of the capacity of one expensive tower vs. having four separate expensive towers running at lower utilization rates), and as such, there are efficiency gains that can come out of such mergers..
This is very true, a huge gamble and part of some of these mergers nightmares. Worldcom bought MCI and ended up with two pretty much nationwide networks. The old Worldcom 555 and the MCI 222. Those were never consolidated into one network and neither was full so now Verizon has two Nationwide networks to run. That is a inefficient cash cow.
Same is with this orange blue networks Cingular owns. They are still operating both networks in some places. It must have to do with provisioning/order entry/customer service systems but consolidation of netowrks appears to be a challenge.