Western Wireless to Sell Unit

The company will sell its Irish business for about $500 million.
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A unit of

Western Wireless

(WWCA)

agreed to sell its Irish business, Meteor Mobile Communications, to fixed-line telecommunications operator Eircom Group for about $500 million.

The company said earlier this year that it had been contacted by a number of parties about the possible sale of international assets and expected to receive proposals on some of the properties. Western Wireless shareholders will vote at the company's July 29 annual meeting on the pending merger with

Alltel

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.

Western Wireless, based in Bellevue, Wash., serves more than 1.3 million subscribers in 19 western states under the Cellular One and Western Wireless brand names. Western Wireless and its unit Western Wireless International Holding have more than 1.5 million customers in six international markets.