Numericable SA’s proposed merger with SFR, the French phone carrier owned by Vivendi SA, would probably avoid a lengthy antitrust challenge because of little overlap in businesses, people familiar with the matter said.
SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son will host a presentation March 11 in Washington to discuss “the state of America’s wireless communications industry and the competitive global landscape,” according to an e-mail invitation yesterday.
Numericable SA and its shareholder Altice SA are preparing an offer valued at about $20 billion to merge with Vivendi SA’s French telecommunications unit SFR, according to a person familiar with the matter.
AT&T Inc. executives huddled with small groups of investors in Barcelona this week to discuss their willingness to own cable assets and stretch their balance sheet for big investments in mature economies like those in Europe, said people with knowledge of the matter.
Options traders are turning bullish on Verizon Communications Inc., convinced it can wring extra profit from its wireless venture and that the stock will rebound after Vodafone Group Plc shareholders are done selling.
Zon Optimus SGPS SA, created by combining Portuguese cable-television provider Zon Multimedia with mobile-phone business Optimus, plans to increase its market share to about 30 percent in the next five years.