Carlos Slim explores options in India, in talks with several operators

America Movil chairman Carlos Slim was recently in India where he held talks with the head of Videocon Telecom and other mobile operators, the Economic Times reported. Any move in India would be a first in Asia for Slim (pictured) …

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M&A activity picks up in India, Airtel looks to acquire Augere

Consolidation appears to be on the horizon in India’s telecoms market – the second largest in the world, with 12 operators serving 940 million mobile connections – as Bharti Airtel looks to expand its 4G footprint and smaller players enter merger talks. India’s largest …

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China’s anti-graft watchdog targets state-owned operators; M&A rumours denied

China Mobile and China Telecom are among 26 large state-owned companies targeted by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) after the Chinese New Year next week. Other firms to come under scrutiny of the agency include China National Petroleum, …

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Orange CEO says French consolidation could follow EE sale

Stephane Richard, the chairman and CEO of Orange (pictured), said that the French group will look at opportunities for consolidation in its home market after it closes a deal to sell EE, its joint venture with Deutsche Telekom, to BT. …

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GSMA touts operator consolidation benefits

LIVE FROM MOBILE 360-EUROPE, BRUSSELS: The GSMA, the mobile industry association, said mobile operator consolidation is likely to lead to greater investment in next-generation infrastructure and deliver long-term gains for consumers. The GSMA-commissioned ‘European Mobile Network Operator Mergers: A Regulatory …

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Telefónica reportedly mulling UK alliance with BT

The CEO of Telefónica has reportedly indicated he is open to some kind of strategic alliance with BT in the UK, which could include selling off O2 UK in return for a stake in BT.