Microsoft is one of several companies said to be in talks with Deutsche Bank about buying its cable TV network, which is estimated to be worth $10 billion.
Other names in the frame include Mannesmann, Viag Interkom, Robert Bosch and United Pan European Communications. But according to US reports, Microsoft is close to forming a bidding team with Deutsche Bank to give it a mighty foothold in the European broadband communications market.
The telecoms carrier was put under pressure to sell the network by European and German regulators to try and kick start competition. It reaches 17 million homes and is said the be on of the world's largest contiguous cable networks.
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