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Vodafone bid for Cable and Wireless a step closer
Monday 18 June 2012 16:09:43 by Andrew Ferguson

Vodafone is edging closer to owning Cable & Wireless Worldwide. The £1bn bid was potentially in trouble back in May, when Orbis Investment Management opposed the bid, but in light of what appears to be widespread support for the deal, Orbis is accepting the deal.

With the announcement of Vodafone and O2 planning to share their 4G LTE network, owning a fibre backbone provider that has a network spanning the UK will help reduce the costs significantly when building their 4G network and also reduce their reliance on BT for backhaul from cell-towers.

Cable & Wireless WorldWide (CWW) offers more than just a fibre backbone, so it remains to be seen which parts of CWW will survive the purchase, Vodafone has dabbled and abandoned a consumer fixed line broadband product in the past. The 4G partnership with O2 represents a possible easy avenue if it wants to divest itself of the consumer/SME/wholesale broadband access division, as O2 already runs its own LLU network.


Posted by zyborg47 over 4 years ago
Maybe I choose the right time to go before the i got kicked off.
Posted by baby_frogmella over 4 years ago
zyborg, Vodafone's white label BTw based ADSL1 service used to be very, very good. I suspect they abandoned it due to making a loss. If they take over C&W LLU, i'm sure it will be as good as the existing service, if not better. They may even offer fastpath on it :)
Posted by otester over 4 years ago
Maybe Vodafone is preparing to offer higher usage or unlimited 3G packages but O2 has a large LLU network and isn't much better.
Posted by zyborg47 over 4 years ago
baby_frogmella, i have no idea if Vodafone's ADSl service was good or not, i doubt it would be any different than any other BT based service to be honest. But I got nothing against vodafone, the reas0n I think I am best out is because vodafone may stop resellers using the network. not bothered about fastpath, as I said before, I am not a gamer.
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