Feeds

France Telecom denies interest in C&W

Wanadoo and Bulldog could merge - report

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

France Telecom was kept busy this morning stamping out rumours that it is preparing to splash out £4bn to take over Cable & Wireless.

If the reports are correct, the deal would set the stage for a merger of the firms' ISP arms, Wanadoo and Bulldog.

The Sunday Telegraph quotes one unnamed executive as saying: "There is absolutely no doubt that France Telecom is looking at making a bid for Cable & Wireless."

However, France Telecom has denied the story saying it simply isn't true.

"France Telecom formally denies this information," a spokeswoman for the European telco told The Register.

Despite the denial, the acquisition would make sense for Wanadoo, - which is owned by France Telecom. The ISP is keen to offer telecoms and internet service direct to end users and has committed itself to investing in local loop unbundling (LLU).

While it is prepared to invest the cash itself, buying C&W-owned Bulldog would give it access to a LLU operator that has already invested heavily in installing its kit in BT telephone exchanges.

At the end of May, Bulldog had installed its kit in 400 BT exchanges - seven months ahead of schedule and has since pledged to wire up a further 400 exchanges by the end of next year. ®

Related storis

C&W goes large on LLU
Billing snafu hits Bulldog
Bulldog to extend reach of unbundled broadband
Bulldog service suffers 'performance issue'
Broadband growth buoys Wanadoo
Wanadoo UK begins major broadband drive

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.