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With the $10 billion purchase of Ono by Vodafone and Numericable closing in on snapping up SFR, the consolidation of the European telecoms sector is gathering pace as operators scramble to ensure they can offer the latest high-speed services to satisfy clients.In January, it bought Ziggo in a deal that values the Dutch cable operator at 10 billion euros, after last year swallowing Virgin Media's fixed-line telephone, mobile and cable operations for $23 billion.Other recent deals include the merger of Portuguese mobile operator Optimus with cable company Zon and Polish pay-TV firm Cyfrowy Polsat buying the Polkomtel mobile network.In France, the group Altice, the parent company of the Numericable cable operator, has entered exclusive negotiations to buy SFR, the second-largest mobile operator, for nearly 12 billion euros.
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