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August 22, 2008

Telefonica plans to acquire 10% stake in China Unicom

Spanish telecom company Telefonica has announced plans to acquire a 10% stake in wireless operator China Unicom, one of the two mobile phone operators in China.

By CBR Staff Writer

The company presently owns a 7.2% stake in fixed-line operator China Netcom, which will be diluted to about 3% once China Unicom acquires China Netcom for $24bn. Fixed-line operator China Telecom will acquire Unicom’s mobile-phone assets based on CDMA technology for more than $15bn.

China has recently announced a telecom restructuring plan which will result in three groups based around China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Netcom in the world’s largest telecom market.

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