Report: Vodafone mulling acquisition of Brazilian carrier TIM


Brazilian paper O Estado de S. Paulo reports Vodafone (VOD -0.8%) is mulling an acquisition of TIM Participacoes (TSU -0.5%), Telecom Italia's (TI -0.1%) Brazilian mobile/wireline unit.

The paper states Vodafone, hungry to expand after receiving its Verizon Wireless windfall, would prefer to enter Brazil by taking a majority stake in one of the country's 3 top mobile carriers - giants Telefonica and America Movil control the other two - rather than by participating in an upcoming 4G spectrum auction.

TIM is estimated to have 26.9% of the Brazilian market, Telefonica's Vivo 28.7%, and America Movil's Claro 24.9%.

TI's own M&A plans could stand in the way of a Vodafone offer: The Italian carrier is reportedly weighing a bid to acquire Brazilian wireline carrier GVT, with the goal of trumping an existing offer from Telefonica and merging GVT with TIM.

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