Cablestar to grab majority stake in Bestel


MEXICO CITY -- Televisa-owned Cablestar has agreed to buy a majority stake in Mexican telecom company Bestel for $325 million as its cable TV unit looks to expand its offering of triple-play services in Mexico and the U.S.

Under the agreement, Cablestar will pay $256 million in cash for a controlling stake in Bestel and invest an additional $69 million in capital, the Mexican media giant announced Friday. Cablestar is 70% owned by Televisa's cable unit, Cablevision.

Bestel provides data and long-distance services to other carriers in key Mexican cities and to several markets in Texas and California.

"The company is able to provide connectivity between Mexico and the United States, a key advantage," Televisa said.

The transaction requires regulatory approval.