BT and MCI's joint venture, Concert, is understood to be close to inking a partnership deal with Portugal?s incumbent telecomms operator, Portugal Telecom.
Although the telco is considering alternative proposals from Global One, the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom, Sprint and France Telecom; and from the AT&T/Unisource alliance, BT and MCI are believed to be front runners.
Portugal Telecom said it would decide on a partner by 15 April.
A deal would plug another hole in BT?s European presence. It still has to sign significant partners in Spain and Belgium but Concert already has a distributor in Portugal called Comnexo. Global One has only a marketing office, while AT&T/Unisource's activities are supported by Telefonica of Spain. Of the main cross-border operators in Europe, only Cable & Wireless has a full subsidiary, called Eastencnica.
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