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AT&T Looks to Europe to Get Even Larger
Eyeing Overseas Acquisition Before Year's End
by Karl Bode 08:21AM Thursday Jan 17 2013
AT&T has historically focused on acquisitions and growth before all else, and is now unsurprisingly extending those ambitions into Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal, the phone giant is now studying potential acquisition targets in Europe, and a deal is expected to be announced before the end of the year. AT&T's growth is constrained in the States, where the company has no interest in expanding its fixed line broadband services, and the stunning growth seen in wireless is starting to stagnate due to market saturation.

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jseymour

join:2009-12-11
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British Telecom or Orange?

From what I've seen and heard of BT on-line, ISTM the thing that calls itself "AT&T" these days and BT would be a great match. Or perhaps Orange (France Telecom) would be a good match? They're pretty much universally reviled, too, near as I've been able to tell.

Jim

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Re: British Telecom or Orange?

said by jseymour:

From what I've seen and heard of BT on-line, ISTM the thing that calls itself "AT&T" these days and BT would be a great match. Or perhaps Orange (France Telecom) would be a good match? They're pretty much universally reviled, too, near as I've been able to tell.

Jim

AT&T already defaults to Orange in the UK and France when roaming.
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Telco

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I don't believe it. The fact that none of our telecommunications providers have expanded globally illustrates that they are milking this nation dry.

With every day, the American economy becomes smaller and smaller on a global scale, yet most of our monopolies couldn't spell international unless it came to saving a dime on labor costs.
cahiatt
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Smyrna, GA

Uh oh.....

Sounds like someone in Europe is about to get SCREWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD!!!!!

...or is there actually a telecom company in Europe that treats their customers worse than AT&T?

nonamesleft

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Re: Uh oh.....

said by cahiatt:

Sounds like someone in Europe is about to get SCREWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD!!!!!

...or is there actually a telecom company in Europe that treats their customers worse than AT&T?

No kidding! They haven't bothered me surprisingly since I dumped there crooked tails for screwing me over.

cork1958
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said by cahiatt:

Sounds like someone in Europe is about to get SCREWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD!!!!!

...or is there actually a telecom company in Europe that treats their customers worse than AT&T?

Would've been my words/question exactly
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Telco

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Orange is renowned for being as incompetent as AT&T but not as expensive though.

I can just see the AT&T board being like what do you mean you have a gov authority that looks out for the interests of the consume. Whereas, we have freedom yall freedom to rip anyone off and an entire army of RWers that will defend us no matter what.

anonphoneuse

@comcast.net

dt ?

i do not know much about the legalities of international mergers. but would a buy out of deutsche telekom give at&t control of t-mobile without having to deal with a US based merger approval?

rit56

join:2000-12-01
New York, NY

Europe

Fantastic. They want to bring their terrible service to other countries tarnishing America a tad more. Thanks AT&T!!

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

Re: Europe

said by rit56:

Fantastic. They want to bring their terrible service to other countries tarnishing America a tad more. Thanks AT&T!!

Just start telling everybody the "A" stands for "Abysmal," "Atrocious," "Appalling" or the like. Then maybe they won't be associated with America

Jim

MovieLover76

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Re: Europe

I would think it would make them associate it with America, especially when it comes to the new Americanized rates they'd try to charge users in Europe.
steven s
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Expanding in Europe to grow profits?

I'm no economist, but Europe isn't exactly a growth market. If AT&T wants to grow profits year after year, they should be looking to China or Africa, not Europe. This seems extremely unwise and short-sighted, but, then again, so does everything AT&T does.
Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA

Re: Expanding in Europe to grow profits?

Not only that but buying I mean dealing with politicians is a much more advanced game in Europe and I doubt that AT&T understands the unspoken European rules.
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Re: Expanding in Europe to grow profits?

Everyone that's ranting in this thread seem to be under the impression that T doesn't already conduct business in Europe (and a lot of the rest of the world). AT&T is a global company. Any acquisition will only increase the depth of the company's reach, not expand the reach into new grounds.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Does this mean free roaming

Like Verizon has with Vodafone.... oh wait, right.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Landline

Why are they giving up? They could be a massive powerhouse if they wired their entire footprint, and even overbuilt other incumbent carriers with GPON fiber.
Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA

Re: Landline

said by BiggA:

They could be a massive powerhouse if they wired their entire footprint, and even overbuilt other incumbent carriers with GPON fiber.

Wiring their entire footprint with fiber optics (not necessarily GPON) would require a logical long term perspective. Of course if our federal government had any balls it would tell AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink that they would only be allowed to get rid of the public switched telephone network if they replaced it with fiber to the premises.
BiggA

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Re: Landline

True. That actually is a good idea. It puts a good incentive in there for AT&T.
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Hmmmm

Looks like the death star chose a new target.
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Theoden

@bellsouth.net

Just say NO!

If Europe knows what's best for them, they would stop any AT&T plan to acquire one of their own. For the last 4 years, AT&T has ranked bottom in over all customer statisfaction. Not sure what the folks in the UK and the EU would gain from an AT&T acquisition other than deteriorating service quality and layoffs.