The Swedish government, which sold off an eight percent stake in TeliaSonera earlier this year, may be preparing for a larger equity stake auction, according to one report. The government still owns almost 38 percent of the telco, but reportedly sees the firm becoming part of a larger telecom enterprise, which would bring an end to any anti-trust issues competitors have over the government's current large ownership role.
Other carriers in the region, such as Norway's Telenor, have been mentioned as possible suitors, but even out-of-region M&A and expansion is becoming trendy, so some surprising names could surface.
- Forbes has the AFX News Limited wire report
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