UPDATE 1-Telecom Italia closer to Brazil mobile tower sale - sources

jueves 23 de octubre de 2014 14:36 GYT

* Deal to sell Brazil towers may be reached in weeks - sources

* Telecom Italia aims to fetch 900 mln euros - sources (Adds details, context)

By Danilo Masoni and Guillermo Parra-Bernal

MILAN/SAO PAULO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Telecom Italia is in advanced talks to sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian unit TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) and could agree a deal in weeks, three people with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Telecom Italia is aiming to raise 900 million euros ($1.1 billion) from the sale of TIM Brasil's towers but is unlikely to fetch the full ticket, as bids have come in at between 500 million and 600 million euros, the sources said.

The sale of the Brazilian towers would provide Telecom Italia cash that could help it boost investments to compete against Telefonica, America Movil and Grupo Oi.

Telecom Italia Chief Executive Marco Patuano put the towers up for sale in November when he unveiled a 4 billion euro plan to cut debt and help fund much-needed investments.

One of the sources said American Tower Corp and Cell Site Solutions (CSS), a company backed by Goldman Sachs, were left in the race, adding a deal could see the asset being split between them.

Telecom Italia, American Tower and CSS declined to comment.   Continuación...