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Spain's Telefonica makes $9 billion offer to buy Brazilian operator GVT

MADRID - Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica says it has made a 6.7 billion-euro ($9 billion) offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi.

A Telefonica S.A. statement Tuesday said the company planned to combine GVT with Telefonica Brasil to make what it said would be the biggest telecom operator in Latin America's largest market.

Telefonica said it has offered 11.96 billion Brazilian reals ($5.3 billion) in cash and 12 per cent of the share capital in the new company.

It said it was also offering Vivendi the chance to acquire an 8.3 per cent stake in Telecom Italia.

Shares in Telefonica were down 1.3 per cent at 11.8 euros in morning trading in Madrid.

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