Following on the heels of the proposed AT&T, www.att.com, Dallas, Texas, acquisition of T-Mobile USA, www.t-mobile.com, Bellevue, Wash., more construction companies are likely now wondering, ‘what does this news mean for my company?’

While T-Mobile is not one of the larger carriers directly targeting the construction market, AT&T certainly is a player in the industry, and merger and acquisition activity in general always has users questioning what is going to happen to their network investment.

While this news, if approved, will inevitably impact construction companies on T-Mobile’s network, the bigger story for this industry is what will come next, as the major carriers are making a bigger push for construction.

Sprint, www.sprint.com, Overland Park, Kan., was the first carrier to coin the phrase ‘push to talk,’ and the company continues to push the envelope, establishing a new brand called Sprint Direct Connect, which includes a set of handsets with features for workgroups that rely on push to talk. This new initiative from Sprint keeps it at the forefront of mobile advances for the construction industry.

However, other network providers such as Verizon Wireless, www.verizonwireless.com, Basking Ridge, N.J., and AT&T continue to develop push-to-talk capabilities for the construction industry.

Verizon Wireless recently announced new pricing options and capabilities for push to talk. Verizon’s push-to-talk capabilities include group calling, contact management, two-way communication, and a service to use push to talk with land mobile radio networks. Also, a Presence feature allows construction companies to view whether a colleague or direct report is available to talk before initiating a push-to-talk call.

According to executives at Verizon Wireless, push-to-talk capabilities continue to play an important role in industries where one-touch communication aids in quick decision making in the field.

AT&T also has quite a bit of activity in the construction industry today. In addition to its push-to-talk services, AT&T continues to grow its partnerships with construction-specific applications for mobile asset management and time tracking such as TeleNav, www.telenav.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Xora, www.xora.com, Mountain View, Calif., among others.

Could the AT&T/T-Mobile acquisition lead to future acquisitions among the carriers? With niche focuses in industries such as construction and growing partnerships with application providers, it will be interesting to see which way the tides turn next. Likely there is going to be activity among the carriers, it is now just a matter of how this is going to impact construction.