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[January 14, 2013]

China's Citic Telecom buys Macau phone company for $1.2 billion

(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) BEIJING - A unit of the Chinese Cabinet's Citic Group has bought Macau's phone company from its British and Portuguese owners for $1.2 billion.

Citic Telecom International Holdings Ltd. said Monday it would raise its stake in Telecommunicacoes de Macau from 20 per cent to 99 per cent.

Citic Telecom bought a 51 per cent holding from a Hong Kong unit of Cable & Wireless Plc and 28 per cent from Portugal Telecom. The remaining 1 per cent will be held by Macau's post office.

Citic Telecom said it also signed a three-year agreement with Portugal Telecom to collaborate in telecoms and identify potential investments.

The company, with shares traded in Hong Kong, also has operations in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan and other Asian markets.

(The Associated Press) (c) 2013 The Canadian Press

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