Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-11-25 08:24:57
Orange SA (ORA), France’s biggest phone company, is nearing an agreement to sell its Dominican Republic unit to Altice, a cable and telecommunications investor, according to three people familiar with the matter.
An accord could be announced as soon as this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Orange Chief Executive Officer Stephane Richard said on Nov. 22 it’s near selling the unit for “a price well above 1 billion euros” ($1.35 billion), without disclosing the buyer.Orange put its Dominican Republic business up for sale this year and has said it attracted multiple bids. Altice, which was founded by telecommunications entrepreneur Patrick Drahi and is based in Luxembourg, last month agreed to purchase Tricom SA and Global Interlink Ltd. to expand its television, Internet and telephone packages -- known as triple play -- and wireless business in the Caribbean.
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