MCI Communications Corp. plans to seek other bidders for its wholesale Internet operations and related assets in an effort to get regulatory approval for WorldCom Inc.'s $41.8-billion purchase of MCI, Cable & Wireless said Thursday.
The statement follows a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Cable & Wireless, the No. 2 British phone company, to protect its agreement to buy MCI's wholesale Internet unit for $625 million in cash. The suit was filed in federal court in Washington, where MCI is based. MCI declined to comment on Cable & Wireless' claims.
The British company wants to make sure it gets MCI's fast-growing Internet operations, which would strengthen its position in the lucrative U.S. phone market.
Cable & Wireless said it learned of the plans from MCI and WorldCom executives.
MCI shares fell $1.50 to close at $48.63. WorldCom shares fell $1.81 to close at $42.25. Both trade on Nasdaq.