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A large number of Omani individuals have bought shares in incumbent Omantel via a public offering, local reports suggested.
The offer, which closed on 13 April, marked the second and final stage of a process initiated by the Omani government last year to sell a 19% stake in the operator.
The CEO of Danish incumbent TDC believes there’s probably one operator too many in the country’s mobile market.
In an interview with TelecomFinance, Carsten Dilling said the industry is ripe for consolidation. With reference to ongoing EC investigations of four-to-three mergers in Ireland and Germany, he said he was curious to see what the outcome of those decisions on merger deals across Europe will be.
Two US private equity firms, KKR and Blackstone, have reportedly made offers for an 8% stake in Indian mobile operator Idea Cellular.
Singapore-owned investment firm Temasek is also considering investing in an Indian telco although it remains unclear whether the company could be Idea, according to the Business Standard citing an investment banker familiar with the developments.
Belgian cableco Telenet has issued two new term loans with a combined total of €1.357bn (US$1.88bn) to refinance debt.
The issue consists of a €474.1m (US$656.17m) eight-year loan carrying a margin of 3.25% over Euribor, and a €882.9m (US$1.22bn) nine-year loan carrying a margin of 3.5% over Euribor (term loans W and Y respectively).
Emerging markets-focused Millicom has moved a step closer to finalising the merger between its subsidiary Tigo Colombia and triple-play operator UNE EPM.
Colombia’s regulator for industry and commerce, the SIC, has approved the deal with conditions.
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