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Holiday season M&A rumors swirl round Europe’s MNOs – and Intel

It’s a clear sign that the holiday season is looming, when M&A speculation goes into overdrive around mobile operators. But the European MNOs at the center of the current rumors were all keen to deny reports of impending deals. Across the pond, Sprint’s talks with T-Mobile are off of course, but there is still likely to be further consolidation next year, with Dish, TMO and certain cablecos in the frame. In Europe, MNOs, telcos and cablecos are also realigning themselves to address a consumer market that is driven by fixed/mobile convergence and video multiplays rather than mobile services alone. Indeed, consolidation that is geared to multiplay business models are often more likely to survive competition authorities’ scrutiny than MNO-only deals…

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