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Old 13-03-2017, 16:42   #136
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Liberty Media owner on track for more motorsport acquisitions

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Telefonica taps Liberty Global over O2 UK merger

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Old 15-03-2017, 13:25   #138
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Also been knocking around for a while.

Makes more sense than a deal with Vodafone
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

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Also been knocking around for a while.

Makes more sense than a deal with Vodafone
02 is small fry and I don't see why Liberty would bother with it.

Vodafone is global and although it doesn't own half of Verizon now (America's biggest mobile co) it makes sense for a tie up between Liberty and Vodafone which I expect would then lead to a tie up with Verizon too.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Vodafone are currently crapping themselves. They've completely missed the boat. They have no TV offering, no content, no fixed lined access network.

In the UK, Vodafone have little to offer Virgin Media, all Vodafone can offer VM is their mobile market. VM have a thin MVNO deal with EE, just renewed, better broadband, TV, and Wifi.

And Vodafone are expensive. If VM wanted their own mobile network O2 would be the better option.

I've said on here for a lng time that A VM/Vodafone tie up is not impossible but it's extremely improbable.

Vodafone need it way more than VM/LG. Vodafone are behind the curve and they'll pay for it.
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Vodafone are currently crapping themselves. They've completely missed the boat. They have no TV offering, no content, no fixed lined access network.

In the UK, Vodafone have little to offer Virgin Media, all Vodafone can offer VM is their mobile market. VM have a thin MVNO deal with EE, just renewed, better broadband, TV, and Wifi.

And Vodafone are expensive. If VM wanted their own mobile network O2 would be the better option.

I've said on here for a lng time that A VM/Vodafone tie up is not impossible but it's extremely improbable.

Vodafone need it way more than VM/LG. Vodafone are behind the curve and they'll pay for it.
I guess that the debate is would it be a merger just in the UK or globally or an exchange of assets? Vodafone has a bigger global presence than Liberty Global and is strong in TV in Spain and Germany.
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Vodafone are currently crapping themselves. They've completely missed the boat. They have no TV offering, no content, no fixed lined access network.

In the UK, Vodafone have little to offer Virgin Media, all Vodafone can offer VM is their mobile market. VM have a thin MVNO deal with EE, just renewed, better broadband, TV, and Wifi.

And Vodafone are expensive. If VM wanted their own mobile network O2 would be the better option.

I've said on here for a lng time that A VM/Vodafone tie up is not impossible but it's extremely improbable.

Vodafone need it way more than VM/LG. Vodafone are behind the curve and they'll pay for it.
Telefonica O2 are missing a very important asset: spectrum.

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I guess that the debate is would it be a merger just in the UK or globally or an exchange of assets? Vodafone has a bigger global presence than Liberty Global and is strong in TV in Spain and Germany.

Let's see what happens. Personally I'm not really a betting man, but at the end of the day it will come down to the regulators, and not just the boardroom. If the Reg is right, we could be seeing the exit of VF from the UK market. HQ will probably move too.
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Telefonica O2 are missing a very important asset: spectrum.




Let's see what happens. Personally I'm not really a betting man, but at the end of the day it will come down to the regulators, and not just the boardroom. If the Reg is right, we could be seeing the exit of VF from the UK market. HQ will probably move too.
Or they may just hive off the mobile side. Vodafone has a massive fibre optic backbone network and sub-sea cable portfolio that they acquired from C&W, both of which are no use to VM.
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Or they may just hive off the mobile side. Vodafone has a massive fibre optic backbone network and sub-sea cable portfolio that they acquired from C&W, both of which are no use to VM.
I'm not sure they are of no use to VM, especially as VM charge a lot for their phone service.

Anyhow, let's see what happens. Whilst I don't want to bet on the outcome, I feel that this time something will happen (however large or small that may be).
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I'm not sure they are of no use to VM, especially as VM charge a lot for their phone service.
What's that got to do with it?
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What's that got to do with it?
They do offer a phone service and that includes international calls. Using their own cables can offer a reduction in price in some circumstances.
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They do offer a phone service and that includes international calls. Using their own cables can offer a reduction in price in some circumstances.
Nope, sorry but you obviously don't have a grasp of the industry. Which is fine.

"Phone calls" is a fraction of international traffic, plus you don't differentiate between voice/ data/IP at that level it is all transported the same way.

Trust me, Vodafones fibre network and subsea cables are of no interest to LG ( well maybe one) they are more of a liability.
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Nope, sorry but you obviously don't have a grasp of the industry. Which is fine.

"Phone calls" is a fraction of international traffic, plus you don't differentiate between voice/ data/IP at that level it is all transported the same way.

Trust me, Vodafones fibre network and subsea cables are of no interest to LG ( well maybe one) they are more of a liability.
I should not have said calls. My fault! A few wines on a Friday.

Anyhow I personally don't believe that is a likely outcome of any asset swap anyhow. If LG buys VF assets, in the UK only mobile makes sense. This of course assumes that an asset swap is what eventuates.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

Coming from someone in the industry... I dont see how this deal works. Its been talked up by media sources that don't understand how these companies operate. The VF spectrum is of little use at its current value to LG when other operators like O2 offer a much better return of investment for mobile spectrum. VF has a single asset that LG/VM could utilise while farming off the other elements of their fixed line networks, there is no strategic benefit to a merger/buyout from LG's perspective IMO.

The talks and rumours of talks have boosted share price, that may be as much action as you see from this deal.
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