Austria: Telco authority consents to Carlos Slim, Telekom Austria bid

Austria’s telecommunications regulator followed in the path of competition authorities in approving Mexican mogul Carlos Slim’s plan to pool his shares in Telekom Austria with the Austrian government’s holdings, reports say.

The regulator, RTR, announced Tuesday it approved of the merger of shares between the government and Slim’s America Movil. The plan, first announced in April, will result in a combined 55 percent holding of the former state-owned monopoly, reports say.

In the long-run, the merger will allow America Movil to pursue a takeover of the wireless operator. The company will hold an offer until July 10.

Austria’s Federal Competition Agency cleared the deal last week, but the transaction still needs clearance from the nation’s Financial Market Authority, according to reports.

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