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Vodafone 'abandons merger with Wind Hellas'

Vodafone has abandoned plans to merge with Wind Hellas.

06 February 2012

Vodafone may no longer require merger and acquisition consultants, as it is going to abandon its plan to combine with Wind Hellas, the Financial Times reports.

The telecommunications company was concerned the proposal would not meet regulations set by the European Union (EU), as it was thought Vodafone joining its Greek business with a significant rival could enable a duopoly to be formed in the European mobile telephone sector.

If the initiative had gone ahead, Vodafone and Wind would have almost 50 per cent of the country's market share, helping them to challenge the country's biggest mobile phone service provider Cosmote.

People close to the merger told the publication that the two firms could agree to share the same network, which would still save the companies some money and would be more likely to be agreed to by the EU regulators.

In 2010, discussions were made regarding a merger between Vodafone and US telecoms enterprise Verizon.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Financial Times, February 5th

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