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Friday, 11 February, 2000, 17:27 GMT
Vodafone v Mannesmann
Vodafone's battle for Mannesmann broke all records in the world of corporate takeovers. The 228bn combined company's share value is an indication of the sparkling growth prospects for the mobile phone sector. But the battle was also seen as a test case over whether German society would accept economic reform.

Vodafone clinches Mannesmann deal
The two firms agree a friendly merger after a bitter battle for control of the German group finally swings Vodafone's way.

  • Deal puts pressure on rivals
  • The merger wave
  • Europe's level playing field?
  • Giants who move markets

    Mannesmann: Engineering into telecoms
    Mannesmann's successful transformation from an engineering company to a telecoms firm is a sign of how rapidly Germany's industrial sector is restructuring.
  • Mannesmann profits boosted
  • Mannesmann steps up fight
  • Mannesmann fights back
    Vodafone: Mobile phone giant
    Vodafone has propelled itself into the lead in the worldwide mobile phone race, and in the process became the UK's largest company, with a global presence.
  • Chris Gent, Vodafone's smooth operator
  • World's largest takeover bid
  • Vodafone blow against Mannesmann
  • Vodafone, the UK's largest company
    The mobile phone revolution
    The rapid spread of mobile phones has led to a wave of mergers in the telecoms industry. A new generation of mobiles will allow full internet access.
  • Mobile phone sales surge
  • WAP: wireless window on the world
  • The mobile internet race

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