NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc
AT&T said the licenses it is buying cover a population of 42 million people in 18 U.S. states.
It expects to close the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, in the second half of 2013.
AT&T needs to boost its capacity for high speed wireless services to meet increasing demand for mobile internet services for smartphones, tablet computers and other devices.
To do this it has been busy buying wireless spectrum in the last year since the failure in late 2011 of its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG
Earlier this week AT&T said it agreed to buy Atlantic Tele-Network Inc's
Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications
(Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Steve Orlofsky)
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