Two consortiums hoping to buy part or all of BT's landline business have met to discuss whether they can work together.
A group led by German investment bank West wants to buy all of BT's landline business, and then lease it back to the telco.
Another consortium, Earth Lease, offered BT £8bn this summer for its local loop, the last mile between residences and exchanges. It too would then lease the services back to BT.
Although senior BT personnel have been sceptical regarding the proposals, both consortiums reportedly believe there is some interest from BT management and investors.
The belief seems to be based on the fact that any sale would greatly reduce or wipe out BT's huge outstanding debts, which have helped drag down the telco's share price this year.
It is thought both consortiums may submit revised bids once BT's de-merger with wireless arm O2 is complete.
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