AT&T reportedly considering buying a European mobile operator

AT&T is hunting for merger and acquisition opportunities in the European wireless market, according to a Wall Street Journal report, betting it can roll out LTE technology there faster and make more money from new pricing schemes. The report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said AT&T executives are debating the wisdom of such a move, but that the UK, Germany or the Netherlands might be potential markets to explore for a deal.

The report said a deal, if one comes together, could happen before the end of 2013. EE in the UK, co-owned by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, and KPN in the Netherlands are on AT&T’s radar, the report said. AT&T and KPN both declined to comment.

FierceWireless: AT&T reportedly considering buying a European wireless carrier; TelecomTV content partner.

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