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Telefonica agrees to sell O2 to Hutchison Whampoa

Pedestrians pass an O2 mobile phone store, operated by Telefonica SA, in London, U.K.
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Spanish telecommunications firm Telefónica has agreed to sell its O2 U.K. operation to Hutchison Whampoa.

Telefónica and the Hong Kong based holding company agreed on a purchase price of £10.25 billion ($15.24 billion)—with about £9.25 billion composed in up front payment.

Regulatory authorities will need to approve the deal before it can be completed.

Hutchison's owner, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, announced in January the plans to buy O2. The conglomerate already owns British mobile operator Three.

Li is Asia's richest individual, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at about $35 billion. His sprawling ports-to-retail global conglomerate operates in more than 50 countries.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.