Verizon Communications Announces Plans To Sell Its Equity Stake in Iusacell

NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications announced today that it plans to sell its 39.4 percent equity stake in Grupo Iusacell into the tender offer to be launched by Movil Access, a Mexican company, following approval of the offer by the Mexican securities commission.

This transaction gives Iusacell the best chance to move forward as a new company under the control of an experienced local entrepreneur and wireless telecom investor.

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