*Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal-source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February-sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.
*Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile USA/ MetroPCS deal-sources. *Sprint already balked at buying MetroPCS- sources* Sprint shares off 4 pct, MetroPCS shares down 2.1 pct.
*FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.
LONDON Oct 4- Britain's top share index rose early on Thursday, echoing gains overnight in Asia but sticking within its tight recent range as investors wait for further catalysts to drive the next leg of the equity rally.
*Telefonica to list German unit by end-October. MADRID/ FRANKFURT, Oct 3- Telefonica started the sale of up to 20 percent of its O2-branded German subsidiary on Wednesday, with the company set to raise up to 1.5 billion euros from the initial public share offer which is now expected to go ahead later this month to help cut the Spanish group's huge debts.
*Telefonica to list German unit by end-October* Promises 500 mln euro dividend payout in 2013* Listing part of programme to reduce 57 bln euro debt* Telefonica smallest player in Germany, room to grow By Clare Kane and Alexander HÃ¼bner.
LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's biggest mobile operator EE said on Wednesday it would launch the country's first superfast mobile broadband service at the end of October.
NEW DELHI, Oct 3- An Indian court granted a stay on execution of a government order asking telecoms carriers to stop third-generation services outside their licensed areas through roaming pacts, after top carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the telecoms ministry to not take any "coercive action" until the next hearing of the case.
*Telefonica to list German unit by end-year. *Telefonica smallest player in Germany, room to grow. MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's Telefonica said on Wednesday it expected to list its German mobile phone business 02 in the fourth quarter and promised potential investors 500 million euros in cash dividends next year.
*FTSE 100 closes up 0.3 percent at 5,825.81 points. *Traders say technical levels favouring FTSE at present. *Intl Airlines Group and ARM top FTSE 100 leaderboard By Sudip Kar-Gupta.
*Telefonica to list German unit around end of month. *Telefonica smallest player in Germany, room to grow. MADRID/ FRANKFURT, Oct 3- Telefonica SA started the sale of up to 20 percent of its O2-branded German unit, hoping to raise up to 1.5 billion euros from a share offering designed to help cut the Spanish group's huge debts.
LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's mobile operators have put aside their hostilities and agreed to accelerate the roll-out of super fast broadband to prevent Britain from falling further behind in the race for connectivity.
LONDON, Oct 2- Mobile operators in Britain will be able to roll out 4 G services to the vast majority of the country in the first half of next year, or six months earlier than previously estimated, the government said on Tuesday. A statement from Culture Secretary Maria Miller after a meeting with mobile operators said the move was aimed at spurring growth.
By Foo Yun Chee and Leila Abboud BRUSSELS, Oct 2- Vodafone and KPN. Earlier on Tuesday, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia questioned whether Hutchison could offer sufficient concessions to ease his concerns about the proposed takeover, raising the spectre of a veto.
LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's mobile operators will be urged to put aside hostilities in order to accelerate the roll-out of superfast broadband at a meeting with the regulator and the government later on Tuesday. O2, owned by Telefonica, and Vodafone, both protested against Ofcom giving EE what they said was an unfair head start in 4 G.
By Arno Schuetze and Harro Ten Wolde. FRANKFURT, Oct 2- A first call for bids for the German cell phone towers of Dutch telecoms group KPN has drawn offers from strategic and financial investors, three people familiar with the process said. as well as French television network operator TDF Group and Antin Infrastructure Partners are still in the race.
NEW DELHI, Oct 1- India could amend controversial rules on tax avoidance within 20 days, the finance minister said on Monday, potentially ending months of uncertainty after the prime minister ordered a panel to clarify the tax proposals that had hurt investor confidence. In a move seen as targeting Vodafone, India passed a law in May to seek taxes from such deals.
NEW DELHI, Oct 1- India will set final rules on tax anti-avoidance within 20 days after considering recommendations made by a government panel, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Monday.
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