Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Sons Ltd., is writing down the value of some of the $15.5 billion assets purchased by his predecessor over two decades to boost the allure of India’s biggest corporate group.
Hiking along the Kokoda Trail in remote eastern Papua New Guinea last summer, Denis O’Brien discovered he didn’t have a mobile phone signal. The sturdily built Irish telecommunications tycoon knew how to fix that. He stormed into the local office of Digicel Group Ltd., the wireless operator he’d founded in 2001, and demanded that extra phone towers be erected along the route.
With Cable & Wireless Worldwide Plc languishing as the world’s cheapest telecommunications carrier, Vodafone Group Plc and private equity firms may not be able to resist making offers for the British fiber-network operator.
Cable & Wireless Worldwide Plc’s largest shareholder refused to support Vodafone Group Plc’s 1.04 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) offer, saying the bid doesn’t reflect the value of the U.K. fixed-line network operator.
Tata Communications Ltd. was given more time to make a bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide Plc, the fiber-network operator that is also being evaluated by Vodafone Group Plc, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Vodafone Group Plc agreed to acquire Cable & Wireless Worldwide Plc for 1.04 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) in cash, adding a U.K. fixed-line network to its mobile-phone system and gaining business customers.