Acquiring C&W Worldwide Would Give Vodafone Many Advantages and a Few Big Risks

G. Barton
G. Barton

Summary Bullets:

  • C&W Worldwide fits with Vodafone’s UC ambitions and would significantly boost Vodafone’s UK global capabilities.
  • On the downside, C&W Worldwide is a challenging organisation for Vodafone to integrate.

The news that Vodafone has become the first of Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s (CWW) alleged suitors to formally announce that it is considering making a bid for the carrier has been greeted with surprise in certain quarters, but it shouldn’t really be seen as unexpected. Vodafone frequently been cited as a likely candidate to acquire CWW and this speculation increased in late 2011 when former Vodafone exec Gavin Darby became CWW’s CEO. It certainly shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider that for the full year 2010/11 the two companies would have had combined worldwide revenues of GBP 48.14 billion and combined UK revenues of GBP 6.97 billion. Continue reading “Acquiring C&W Worldwide Would Give Vodafone Many Advantages and a Few Big Risks”