AT&T Inc. executives are laying the groundwork internally for a potential takeover of Vodafone Group Plc next year, mapping out a strategy for a complex deal with Europe’s largest mobile carrier, people familiar with the situation said.
AT&T Inc., which is considering an expansion across the Atlantic, faces the same realities that undermined European deals a decade ago: Doing business in the region is costly, complicated and highly regulated.
AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, is open to the sale of some of its peripheral assets, which include wireless towers, a move that analysts say would give the carrier more of a financial cushion.
Bets against Canada’s three biggest wireless carriers have surged ahead of a deadline for the country’s spectrum auction that may include interest from foreign carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Telenor ASA.
As Vodafone Group Plc nears an exit from its 14-year-old U.S. wireless venture with Verizon Communications Inc., Europe’s biggest mobile-phone company may have to make a tough choice: buy or be bought.
While on safari in Tanzania last month, tracking the usual assortment of giraffes, zebras and lions, Vodafone Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao had to stop for calls and e-mails on one of the biggest corporate transactions on record.
Telecom Italia SpA, Italy’s largest phone company, is considering an overhaul to its ownership structure as controlling shareholders are allowed to exercise a right to end a six-year partnership this month, according to two people familiar with the matter.