TDS worked closely with the MTS Allstream legal department and MTS Allstream executives in structuring and negotiating a number of strategic agreements with Rogers that will see both companies share the cost to deploy a Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems/High Speed Packet Access ("HSPA") wireless network across the existing MTS Allstream regional wireless footprint. The agreements allow MTS Allstream to leverage Rogers' purchasing scope and scale to gain cost effective access to new network technology and HSPA handsets. MTS Allstream's HSPA customers will have access to the best national and international roaming capabilities as a Rogers roaming partner. The agreements also provide MTS Allstream with the opportunity to launch a national wireless business offering under the Allstream brand through a competitive wholesale arrangement.
The transactions to be implemented by the agreements closed late in the evening on July 27, 2009 with MTS Allstream and Rogers publicly announcing the new arrangements on July 28, 2009.
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