Digi Communications – the owner of Romanian cableco-turned-mobile operator RCS&RDS (DIGI) – has expressed an interest in buying certain Telekom Romania Mobile assets, Ziarul Financiar reports, citing sources familiar with the situation. However, Digi is only interested in Telekom’s mobile networks and spectrum licences and is reluctant to take on the cellco’s subscriber base due to anticipated anti-trust concerns. Bulgarian businessman Spas Roussev, who is keen to add to his Eastern European telecoms assets after his takeover of Telekom Albania in May this year, has been named as another credible bidder.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Telekom Romania Mobile Communications is owned by Greek telco OTE (70.00%), with the remainder held by fixed line operator Telekom Romania Communications, itself owned by OTE (54.01%) and the Romanian government via the Ministry of Communications & Information Society (MCSI, 45.99%).
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom (DT) – OTE’s largest shareholder – secured permission from the Romanian government to sell its stake in Telekom Romania Communications to Orange Romania.