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23 May 2016
Enel has submitted a formal bid to acquire Italian fibre network operator Metroweb for €806 million.
The move follows an earlier all-cash bid this month made by
Telecom Italia for €820 million. Telecom Italia is said to
be willing to buy all of Metroweb or a 67.7% stake.
According to a Reuters source, Enel - reportedly
the preferred bidder - could be asked to raise its bid to
€820 million and the bid is likely to be a combination of
cash and stock.
In March Enel announced plans to invest €2.5 billion to
help develop a nationwide fibre network through its open fibre
unit. It aims to roll out its ultrafast broadband to 224
Italian cities – with approximately 7.5 million homes
covered in the initial years of the plan.