Polish full service provider Netia is considering a takeover of GTS Central Europe, a Polish-backed group which specialises in the delivery of enterprise and wholesale business in cental and eastern Europe, Reuters writes citing the telco’s chief executive, Miroslaw Godlewski. ‘GTS has always been an interesting company for us to take over … We are interested in buying it,’ Godlewski said, overturning earlier reports that Netia had abandoned its bid for the company. CommsUpdate reported earlier this month that Deutsche Telekom (DT) was seen as the frontrunner for GTS, although Turk Telecom was also seen as a likely suitor, whilst investment group PPF expressed an interest in the firm’s Czech assets.
GTS owns and operates a fibre-optic and data-centre network throughout central and eastern Europe. It offers voice and data services across its operational footprint; assets include a 26,000km fibre network, 15,000 on-net buildings and 14 data centres. Since 2005 the group has been consolidating its footprint in the region, snapping up a number of smaller telecoms providers including: Aliatel, Contactel and Sitel (all Czech Republic); Telenor Networks/Nextra, Quadia and Dial Telecom (all Slovakia-based), Interware in Hungary, Romanian group Donation and Energis Poland.