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MADRID, Sept 3 French telecoms group Orange
would be interested in bidding for Spanish players
Jazztel or TeliaSonera's Yoigo if the
companies were put on sale, a senior executive said on
"If a sale process were reopened formally, we intend to
participate," Federico Colom, the finance director for Orange's
Spanish unit, told reporters at a conference in Santander,
northern Spain. A spokesman for Orange Spain confirmed Colom's
comments, first carried in Spanish media.
Orange rival Vodafone bought the country's largest
cable operator Ono earlier this year, leaving the French group
to try and boost its position.
Colom said on Wednesday however that the group's priority in
Spain was to grow organically, as it targets getting fibre optic
services to 7 million homes by 2017.
Orange has previously bid for Yoigo, but the sales process
was called off last year after the TeliaSonera failed to attract
high enough offers for the business.
Jazztel has also been highlighted by analysts and bankers as
an attractive potential takeover target, as telecoms groups in
Spain increasingly compete on offering customers a fuller array
of phone, high-speed internet and pay-TV.
Shares in Orange were up 0.32 percent at 11.13 euros per
share, while Jazztel rose 5 percent to 10.13 euros per share.
(Reporting by Andres Gonzalez, Writing by Elisabeth O'Leary and
Sarah White; Editing by Michael Urquhart)