Speculation is rising that KPN is planning to launch an improved bid for mmO2. With the pair having been involved in unsuccessful discussions last month, shares in mmO2 rose by 4% yesterday after KPN declined to comment on the fresh bid rumour. Later in the day, however, a company spokesperson went on record as saying that ‘there is nothing new’ to report, while mmO2 dubbed the bid talk ‘just another round of speculation’. Analysts see the pair as a good fit, particularly in Germany where mmO2 is the fourth largest operator in the country and KPN’s E-Plus is the third largest; an alliance between the two would create a company capable of challenging the might of top two players, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
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