Telefonica hires Barclays to seek partner to fund UK fibre network, El Confidencial says

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Spanish Telecom company Telefonica is seen in Madrid
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Spanish Telecom company Telefonica is seen at its headquarters in Madrid, Spain, May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

September 2, 2021

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish telecom operator Telefonica has hired investment banks Barclays and LionTree to seek a partner to finance its fibre network in Britain, Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial reported on Thursday citing sources close to the transaction.

British cable and mobile provider Virgin Media O2, jointly owned by Telefonica and Liberty Global’s, is planning to upgrade it entire network to full fibre by 2028 and raise its number of subscribers to 21 million, El Confidencial said.

The operation would require between 4 billion euros and 5 billion euros, El Confidencial said.

A spokesperson for Telefonica declined to comment. A Barclays spokesperson was not immediately able to comment. LionTree did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Edmund Blair)