July 15, 2013 11:36 AM

AT&T bid for Leap could lead to more telecom mergers

The move adds to the drumbeat for a merger between Overland Park-based Sprint and T-Mobile US Inc., the third- and fourth-largest carriers, said Chetan Sharma, a wireless-industry analyst in Issaquah, Washington. Smaller regional companies such as U.S. Cellular Corp. or NTelos Holdings Corp. also may become takeover bait as everyone strives to keep up with the dominant service providers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

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