By Joy Wiltermuth and Jason Freydberg

NEW YORK (IFR) - Mobile phone giant Verizon has mandated banks for the first ever securitization to be backed by cell phone contracts in the US, one of the banks managing the deal told IFR on Tuesday.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (structuring), Barclays and MUFG have been hired as lead managers on the inaugural transaction, which is expected to be $1.169 billion in size and rated Triple A.

An investor roadshow will take place this week and next.

The deal will be backed by Verizon cellphone payment contracts, which in the past few years have become an increasingly popular way to finance smart phone purchases.

Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings were hired to rate the transaction.

(Reporting by Jason Freydberg and Joy Wiltermuth; Editing by Natalie Harrison)