US telecoms player Verizon has blasted speculation that it plans to co-operate with AT&T in a bid to buy UK telecoms giant Vodafone in a transaction rumoured to be worth in excess of €200bn.
The Financial Times had initially reported that Verizon was looking at working with AT&T as part of a €200bn bid that would see Verizon get back its 45pc stake in Verizon Wireless while AT&T would take over the rest of the company.
However, while Verizon has denied plans to work with AT&T, it would still like to get back the 45pc stake that Vodafone holds in the company.
AT&T has so far not commented on the matter and it is hard to see the US-centric telecoms giant pursue a global expansion.
“As Verizon has said many times, it would be a willing purchaser of the 45pc stake that Vodafone holds in Verizon Wireless,” the company said in a statement.
“It does not, however, currently have any intention to merge with or make an offer for Vodafone, whether alone or in conjunction with others.”
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