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  • BT enters talks over $19.5B EE mobile deal   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET
    BT enters talks over $19.5B EE mobile deal

    BT announced that it has entered into exclusive talks with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to acquire their mobile business EE. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore and Wilfred Frost discuss.

  • LONDON, Dec 15- BT has entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE for a potential 12.5 billion pound deal to give the former UK state telecoms firm the top position in mobile as well as fixed line broadband services. BT had been in competing talks with both the Spanish group Telefonica's rival mobile firm O2 and EE's owners, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, putting...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the providers, giving the fixed-line firm an...

  • BT agrees to talks over $19.5 bln EE mobile deal Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:22 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past an EE shop on Oxford Street.

    BT, the U.K. telecoms giant, has announced that it has entered into talks with Deutsche Telekom and Orange to acquire their mobile business EE.

  • BT chooses EE over O2 in 12.5 bln stg mobile deal Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15- Britain's BT has entered into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for 12.5 billion pounds, opting for the country's biggest mobile operator over rival suitor, Telefonica's O2. BT had been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners since late November about a deal to buy one of the operators, putting the British telecom firm in an...

  • BT to enter exclusive talks with EE owners-sources Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15- BT is expected to enter exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Orange and Deutsche Telekom, about buying Britain's biggest mobile network operator, three sources familiar with the situation said on Monday. BT has been in talks with both EE's owners and O2-owner Telefonica since late November about a deal to buy one of the operators, putting the...

  • LONDON/ MADRID, Dec 11- The battle to become the mobile partner of BT intensified on Thursday as the chairman of O2-owner Telefonica flew to London and the owners of EE indicated they were willing to offer more attractive terms to seal a rival deal. BT has been in talks with Telefonica and EE's owners, Orange and Deutsche Telekom since November about a deal to buy one...

  • LONDON, Dec 9- The board of BT met on Tuesday to discuss the possible acquisition of British mobile operators O2 or EE, and agreed to continue talks with both sides, a person familiar with the situation said. The telecoms group has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's...

  • BT has been in talks with O2's owner Telefonica and with the parent firms of Britain's largest mobile carrier EE, France's Orange and Germany's Deutsche Telekom. Telefonica is also eager to sell because it needs to cut debt. BT, Telefonica, Orange and Deutsche Telekom declined to comment.

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 5- Pressure from competition regulators could prompt Liberty Global to abandon Germany if it can no longer pursue its growth ambitions in Europe's biggest cable market, sources have told Reuters. The case has provided further evidence to Liberty- Europe's biggest cable group- that it will not be allowed to expand through acquisitions in Germany,...

  • LONDON, Nov 28- European shares posted their second consecutive weekly gain after a late recovery on Friday, as heavy falls in energy stocks, hit by a slump in oil prices, were offset by gains in airlines and consumer companies. Oil companies such as Statoil and Galp Energia and explorer Premier Oil fell by between 5.8 percent and 13.4 percent, after Brent slipped...

  • LONDON, Nov 28- Private equity funds KKR and Apax are looking to revive plans to snap up EE if Britain's largest mobile operator misses out on a deal with BT Group, sources familiar with the situation said. Other investors such as CVC Capital Partners, which was also in talks to buy EE in 2013, no longer wants to enter the race for the mobile firm, one of the sources said.

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Britain's fourth largest mobile operator 3 Group, is preparing a bid for EE or O2, the mobile groups already in talks on a deal with BT Group, several sources familiar with the matter said. The Chinese company could put forward a bid for either EE or Telefonica's O2 by the end of the year as BT is expected to decide on a deal in...

  • UPDATE 1-EE owners confirm takeover talks with BT Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 3:23 AM ET

    A source familiar with the situation had said EE, owned by Deutsche Telekom and Orange, was the other party. "Deutsche Telekom and Orange, the joint shareholders of EE, regularly analyse the development of the market in which EE operates, evaluating various strategic options which have the potential to create value for EE's shareholders and strengthen the...

  • *O2 deal could hand Telefonica 20 pct of BT. LONDON/ MADRID Nov 24- Britain's BT Group has been approached by O2 owner Telefonica and the parents of O2's bigger rival EE to discuss competing multibillion-pound deals to create a powerhouse in fixed-line broadband, mobile and TV. "They've held out the threat of entering in the mobile market and engineered a situation...

  • BT confirms deal talks with Telefonica's O2 Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:41 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass a Telefonica SA fixed-line public telephone in Madrid, Spain

    UK telecoms group says it has been approached by shareholders in Telefonica and another UK operator about their British businesses.

  • UPDATE 2-BT in talks to buy UK mobile operator Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 6:31 AM ET

    LONDON/ MADRID Nov 24- Britain's BT Group is in early stage talks with Spain's Telefonica on a deal to buy UK mobile operator O2, with two sources saying it has also begun negotiations with EE as it seeks a return to the British consumer mobile market. Both Telefonica and BT confirmed they were in talks after Spanish website El Confidencial reported that O2 could be...

  • BARCELONA, Nov 20- Liberty Global, Europe's biggest cable operator, plans to make "small, selective" acquisitions for content which help it make money from its core business of selling high-speed broadband and TV services, its finance chief said on Thursday. The turn towards content is a major move for Liberty, which has been a serial buyer of cable companies in...

  • BERLIN, Nov 19- The German government has quietly scrapped plans to look into partly privatising railway operator Deutsche Bahn after a Reuters report week prompted a backlash from members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition. The SPD-run economy ministry insisted on a change in the wording, Deputy Finance Minister Johannes Geismann said in a...

  • BERLIN, Nov 11- The German government is considering reducing its stakes in Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Post, and could revive the idea of selling shares in rail operator Deutsche Bahn depending on market conditions, according to a finance ministry document seen by Reuters. It says a further sale of Berlin's stake in Deutsche Telekom should be "carefully...