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may enter the bidding for

Deutsche Telekom's

( DT) T-Mobile UK subsidiary, a report says.

Telefonica might make a move for Britain's fourth-largest mobile phone operator because of the prospect that its O2 unit could lose its top position in the U.K. if


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purchases T-Mobile UK, according to the

Financial Times


The newspaper reported earlier this week that


, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, is exploring an acquisition of T-Mobile UK, which has an estimated enterprise value of 3 billion euros to 4 billion euros ($4.2 billion to $5.6 billion).

O2's market share in the U.K. is 27%, while Vodafone's is 25%. A Vodafone acquisition of T-Mobile UK would boost its share of the U.K. market to 40%, the

Financial Times


Telefonica had no comment, but people familiar with the situation said the Spanish company was considering the case for bidding for T-Mobile UK. Its prep work on a bid was at an early stage, the newspaper reports.