Thursday, 20 July 2017

Friday Review: Deja vu

By Nick Wood , Total Telecom
Friday 21 August 09

Renewed Bharti-MTN talks threaten to stutter once more as Indian telcos turn their attention to Africa; plus this week's headlines.

It can generally be expected that during a typically quiet summer for the telecoms sector, one or two stories will emerge that evolve into long-running sagas that then play out over the course of several months. For instance, during 2008 South Africa-based telco group MTN and India's Bharti Airtel made several headlines as the two operators entered into and then broke off merger talks. This year, South Africa-based telco group MTN and India's Bharti Airtel have made several headlines after the two operators entered into…hang on, surely we've covered this ground before? Talks between the operators collapsed in late May 2008 after neither Bharti or MTN could agree to any deal that would result in their company becoming a subsidiary of the other. Wind the clock forward 15 months and MTN and Bharti Airtel this week extended for the second time their exclusive merger talks that were originally revived back in May of this year…

It can generally be expected that during a typically quiet summer for the telecoms sector, one or two stories will emerge that evolve into long-running sagas that then play out over the course of several months. For instance, during 2008 South Africa-based telco group MTN and India's Bharti Airtel made several headlines as the two operators entered into and then broke off merger talks. This year, South Africa-based telco group MTN and India's Bharti Airtel have made several headlines after the two operators entered into…hang on, surely we've covered this ground before? Talks between the operators collapsed in late May 2008 after neither Bharti or MTN could agree to any deal that would result in their company becoming a subsidiary of the other. Wind the clock forward 15 months and MTN and Bharti Airtel this week extended for the second time their exclusive merger talks that were originally revived back in May of this year…

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