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Telefonica to team up with Allianz for 5 bln euro investment in Germany -Expansion

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Spanish telecom giant Telefonica is readying an alliance with the private equity arm of German insurer Allianz to finance a 5 billion euro infrastructure investment in Germany, Spanish newspaper Expansion said on Monday.

MADRID, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Spanish telecom giant Telefonica TEF.MC is readying an alliance with the private equity arm of German insurer Allianz ALVG.DE to finance a 5 billion euro infrastructure investment in Germany, Spanish newspaper Expansion said on Monday.

Telefonica and Allianz aim to create a joint venture half-owned by each that would invest into a fibre-optic network in Germany, the newspaper said, citing unidentified financial sources.

Reuters had reported last week that Telefonica was in the final stages of negotiating a deal with banks and an unidentified investor to build the fibre-optic network to supply under-served areas of Germany.

A spokesman at Telefonica declined to comment and a spokeswoman at Allianz was not immediately available.

(Reporting by Inti Landauro, editing by Louise Heavens)

((Inti.Landauro@thomsonreuters.com;))

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