All change? KPN parent mulls exit; T-Mobile ponders Tele2 merger

21 Nov 2017

Reuters has quoted America Movil’s CFO Carlos Garcia Morena as saying that the Mexican telecoms giant may consider selling its 21.4% stake in Dutch quad-play telco KPN, having recently received interest from several unnamed parties. KPN is the Netherlands’ mobile market leader ahead of VodafoneZiggo, whilst the latter narrowly leads KPN in terms of fixed broadband subscribers.

In a separate Reuters article, Deutsche Telekom’s CEO Timotheus Hoettges was cited as saying that the German behemoth is considering options including publicly floating its T-Mobile Netherlands division or merging with rival Tele2 NL. T-Mobile and Tele2 lie in third and fourth place respectively in the Dutch mobile segment, so a merger would create a stronger competitor to KPN and Vodafone, whilst in December 2016 T-Mobile Netherlands re-entered the consumer fixed broadband market, where it and Tele2 remain relative minnows with a combined retail broadband subscriber market share of 7.2% at mid-2017, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.