According to reports, British Telecom is in early talks with Telefonica to purchase O2, the same mobile operator it released back in 2001. Not only has BT set its sights on O2, but the UK's largest network EE has also been offered in a separate deal.
BT has confirmed to Spanish press that Telefonica could end up with a 20 percent stake in the company, should a deal go through. The Telegraph notes that this would value the deal at around £10 billion. A BT spokesperson commented on today's reports, noting that BT is also interested in a second network operator (believed to be EE):
The telecoms giant wants to get back into the mobile market, which makes a potential O2 (or EE) deal an enticing one worth looking into. As noted above, it's still early days with preliminary talks under way.
BT want to upgrade their crappy terrestrial exchanges before they venture into this. They can’t even get that right yet.
When I think BT, I think of the musician. He's mad crazy about his technology. :D
Who cares. Only America matters.. Muahaha!
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