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  (Source: engadget.com)
AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval

AT&T has been trying to push its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile since the announcement of the $39 billion deal earlier this year, and now, it's making a promise that aims to help seal this deal -- AT&T will bring thousands of wireless call center jobs back to the U.S. if the purchase wins approval.

In March of this year, AT&T announced that it was purchasing T-Mobile for $39 billion USD. According to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, the purchase was a move to improve network quality, bring advanced LTE capabilities to users, and strengthen/expand critical infrastructure. He added that it could boost network capacity by as much as 30 percent, which will improve services for data hogs like smartphone users.

"This transaction is very instrumental," said Stephenson. "Virtually on the day you close the deal, getting a 30 percent lift in capacity in New York City: that's a significant improvement in call quality and data throughput."

But the deal has to be approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department, and that has been the problem. The U.S. Senate's antitrust committee expressed doubts in regards to the merger, saying that it could only result in price hikes for customers and decreased competition. However, AT&T has received some support from one U.S. state regulator (the Louisiana Public Service Commission) and 11 state attorneys general.

Now, AT&T is promising that it will bring 5,000 wireless call center jobs back to the U.S. if it is allowed to purchase T-Mobile. These jobs are currently outsourced to other countries.

AT&T has not mentioned where these jobs will be located within the U.S. quite yet, but said the new employees will be able to join AT&T's unionized workforce if the deal wins approval.

The wireless carrier added that no jobs will be lost for those already working in U.S.-based wireless call centers, but refused to comment on the number of employees that would remain overseas once the 5,000 employment positions move back to the U.S.




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