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Liberty Global thinking about dumping Austrian and Swiss assets

Anyone suggesting that Liberty Global is putting itself in a better place to merge lock stock and barrel with Vodafone, by selling off its Austrian and Swiss business, should think again. The biggest block to doing an across the board merger is how strong the business would be in Germany and this does not affect that one iota. The UK Telegraph ran a story this week suggesting that Liberty Global is looking for a buyer for those Austrian and Swiss assets and while this may well be the case, it will be simply because the two properties are closest to maturity and hardest to grow. Switzerland is up against a rejuvenated Swisscom, and losing video subscribers quite rapidly, and yet…

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