Several European telecom companies have recently looked into acquiring control in state-owned phone company Bezeq, reports Yedioth Ahronoth.

It is estimated that France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) and Deutsche Telekom (NYSE:DT) are among these European companies.

To date, the more serious contenders for acquiring the control in Bezeq include Apax, the Hutchinson Whampoa group from Hong Kong, which controls cellular provider Partner Communications (Nasdaq, TASE:PTNR, LSE:PCCD), and Providence, which control's Ireland's telecom company.

Former Bezeq CEO Yitzhak Kaul, and former Communications Ministry director-general Danny Rosenne are assembling a group to bid for Bezeq. Kaul and Rosenne want to include a foreign investor in their bid whose participation was restricted until now by its government-owned status.

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Yesterday, the Communication Ministry submitted a request to the ministerial privatization committee that this restriction be lifted.