- They are not very interested in cross-border deals to begin with. In the 20th century, companies such as SBC picked up strings of stakes in European telcos, but that was during the privatisation phase. Any foreign interest will most likely be focused on Latin America, Canada, or perhaps even Africa and CIS countries.
- Regulation will deter them.
- There will be more important investment cases, such as buying out DT from AT&T and Vodafone from VZW. But also FTTH and LTE.
You have to remember further that the T-Mobile sale from DT's perspective has everything to do with the April 2009 profit warning. In other words, it is a one-time event and will not set a new trend.
And so it is fun to read two contrary commentaries landing in my mailbox from respected consultancy firms. Who's going to teach whom a lesson?
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