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AT&T’s Europe Threat Has
Incumbents Weighing Ways
to Bulk Up

Bloomberg News, by Marie Mawad & Matthew Campbell*

Original Article

Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 9/12/2013 11:31:03 PM

Europe’s phone companies have put the brakes on a flurry of asset sales as they brace for the likely entry by AT&T Inc. (T) into the $313 billion market.(Snip) Vodafone Group Plc (VOD)’s $130 billion agreement this month to exit its U.S. venture with Verizon Communications Inc. has made the U.K. mobile-phone company a potential takeover candidate for AT&T. A new owner of Vodafone, with more than 140 million customers in 14 European countries including Germany, the U.K. and Spain, would instantly become the region’s biggest mobile carrier and may trigger a series of mergers and acquisitions.

*Amy Thomson


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