US-carrier AT&T is reportedly ready to set-up a presence in Europe by purchasing a counterpart to help rollout markets in areas like the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, AT&T is currently prospecting potential companies to buy-out and working to find a deal that could go down by the end of the year.

With cash ready, one potential buyout AT&T is considering is the recently formed Everything Everywhere, not only one of the biggest mobile operators in the UK, but the first 4G LTE network too. EE is a combo between Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. 

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By stepping its foot into a new area, AT&T would be working to gain a large new set of customers, but would face new rules from European regulators, something that could cause problems, but not affect its US position. 

AT&T is said to also be considering Royal KPN NV, the largest carrier in the Netherlands.

This isn't the first time AT&T has attempted to add customers through a buyout. In 2011, the company attempted to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion, but was denied by the US Department of Justice on the grounds of antitrust. 

One boost AT&T is considered to bring to the area if a deal does go through is a quicker adoption of 4G networks throughout Europe. AT&T recently invested $8 billion in the US to expand its 4G coverage to 300 million people. 

To add new customers, it may do similar across the pond.

Would you support an AT&T-backed carrier? - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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