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  • 22 May 15

    Charter Communications and Altice could reportedly face a bidding war for Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the FCC says it does not oppose all cable deals.

    John Malone’s Charter, the fourth-largest US cableco, is discussing a bid with TWC, the number two player. The valuation is likely to be well above some analysts’ predictions of US$170 per share, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • 22 May 15

    FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve a second five-year term at the regulator.

    Rosenworcel is one of three Democrat commissioners on the five-person board and was spoken of as a potential chairman before Tom Wheeler was selected by Obama in 2013.

  • 22 May 15

    India’s number three operator Idea Cellular has reportedly put its 11,000 towers on the block, setting a price of some Rs75.8bn (US$1.2bn).

    The deal has attracted interest from independent towercos AxiataBharti Infratel and American Tower, according to the Economic Times.

  • 22 May 15

    The US’ fifth-largest cable provider Cablevision Systems could be the next acquisition target amid sector consolidation, according to analysts.

    On Wednesday, Luxembourg telecoms group Altice announced its US$9.1bn agreement to acquire a 70% stake in number seven operator Suddenlink, prompting analysts to speculate that a Cablevision deal could soon be in store.

  • 22 May 15

    French economy minister Emmanuel Macron has said it is not the right time for four-to-three consolidation.

    Speaking to Les Echos, he described the industry as having reached a “point of equilibrium”. Companies should focus on investment rather than M&A, which can reduce the amount of equipment, number of networks and jobs, he said.