Telefonica to Own Most of Telecom Italia

Telefonica will boost its stake in Telco, the holding company that controls Telecom Italia, to an initial 65 percent with an option to bring the stake to around 70 percent, according to Reuters.

Telefonica already own 46 percent of Telco, representing in turn about 10 percent of Telecom Italia shares. Telefonica says It will boost its stake in the Telecom Italia to nearly 16 percent.

Telefonica is set to acquire its additional shares from the other Telco shareholders, including Italian banks Mediobanca, Intesa Sanpaolo,  and insurer Generali.

The move might well be viewed as part of a coming merger wave in the European telecom market.
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