The consortium participated by Telefonica, along with its two rivals Mexico’s América Móvil and Italy’s TIM, has qualified as a stalking horse or first bidder in the race to buy Brazil’s Oi’s mobile business. The qualification as first bidder gives the consortium the right of first refusal if a higher competitive offer is made.
Telefonica bid Oi
Spanish telecommunications’ giant Telefonica, together with Italy’s TIM and Mexico’s Claro, have tabled a 2.706 billion euros joint offer for the assets of Brazil’s Oi, the fourth largest telco in Brazil. This bid is 10% over the minimum auction price of 2.5 billion euros required by the company. Telefonica is market leader in Brazil with a share of 33% followed by TIM and Claro, with 24% each.