T-Mobile International has reportedly struck a deal to sell part of its Dutch fixed line broadband operations to Netherlands-based cable operator Ziggo, co-owned by private equity groups Cinven and Warburg-Pincus. Thomson Merger News reports that the unit being sold is part of the assets T-Mobile acquired last year when it purchased Orange Nederlands from France Telecom for USD1.88 billion. Ziggo, formed through the merger of Dutch cable TV companies Casema, Multikabel and Essent Kabelcom, has confirmed it is interested in around 140,000 T-Mobile subscribers who currently receive broadband over cable from the German-owned operator. T-Mobile says it is looking to hang on to the roughly 460,000 Dutch broadband customers it has taking services via copper wire (xDSL) delivery platforms.
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