BT explores sale of Spanish business as part of turnaround plan
BT Group PLC is reportedly exploring the sale of its Spanish business as part of a plan to streamline operations as it ramps up investment in fibre broadband.
The telecoms giant has started talks with potential buyers of BT España.
Possible bidders are expected to include buyout firms and infrastructure investors rather than Spain’s major telecom firms such as Vodafone, Orange, MasMovil and Telefonica
In April it emerged that BT was also considering the sale of its Irish unit.
BT is in the first year of a three-year turnaround plan that was put in place by former chief executive Gavin Patterson, who was ousted in June after shareholders lost confidence in his ability to overhaul the group.
Patterson however, agreed to stay on to lead the first part of the restructuring programme, which includes cutting jobs, hiring more engineers, improving customer services and simplifying the business.
In May, Jansen presented his first set of full-year results since taking over the reins from Patterson in February.
BT decided to leave its dividend unchanged despite announcing plans to ramp up investment in upgrading the UK’s broadband infrastructure.
The group increased its target for superfast fibre broadband connections from 3mln to 4mln homes by March 2021 and from 10mln to 15mln by midway through the next decade.
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