Tuesday, January 22, 2013

European telecoms assets for sale

America Movil, AT&T and perhaps France Télécom are looking at telecoms assets in Europe. Let's see what could be for sale right now:
  • Deutsche Telekom: T-Mobile in Austria, the Netherlands and Albania, Bulgaria
  • DT and FT: EE in the UK
  • Telefónica: UK and Germany
  • KPN: E-Plus (Germany) and Base (Belgium)
  • Tele2: Russia, Germany, Austria
  • TeliaSonera: Yoigo (Spain)
  • Vivendi: SFR (and Maroc Telecom and GVT)
  • UPC: Romania
  • Further, assets held by private equity: Com Hem (BC Partners), Colt Group/Colt Technology Services (Fidelity) and Eurofiber (Doughty Hanson).
  • And then there are companies considering splitting off businesses: Telekom Austria (Eastern Europe), Telefónica (Latin America, Europe).
The question remains, what are potential buyers looking for: mobile, incumbents, cable companies, business/wholesale operators?

Many scenarios are possible:
  • Consolidate Germany: buy both E-Plus and O2 and add some Tele2 to the mix. Could this propel Orange into Germany?
  • Consolidate the UK: buy both EE and O2. That could be a start for AT&T, in English speaking territory.
  • Pan-European fiber: buy both Eurofiber (mainly Netherlands, but some in Germany and Belgium) and Colt Technology for networks and services. This seems a good fit for Vodafone. But also operators such as BT and AT&T could beef up their European asset portfolio.

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