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Telecom Deals Are Back as CEOs Head for Barcelona Gathering

  • Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile could join with Sprint in U.S.
  • Vodafone’s Colao navigates next steps with Liberty Global
Workers wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets pull luggage outside the venue for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Mobile World Congress, an annual phone-industry event organized by GSMA Ltd., runs from Feb 22 to Feb 25.
Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
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Telecom executives from Vodafone Group Plc to Deutsche Telekom AG and Telefonica SA are headed to the industry’s annual get-together in Barcelona next week with more on their minds than the latest handsets.

Deals under consideration at the highest levels could realign the industry on a global scale, and executives like Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Officer Tim Hoettges and Vodafone’s Vittorio Colao who are attending Mobile World Congress carry the weight of decisions that will shape their companies for years to come.