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 Excite@Home (ATHM) to merge int'l operations with chello broadband


   *  Amount:         $5.1 billion


   *  Terms:            n/a

   *  Premium:        n/a


   *  Industry:        Speed/Bandwidth


   *  Scorecard:      B+


    LONDON, July 18--U.S.-based high speed Internet provider Excite@Home and European cable operator United Pan-Europe Communications NV (UPC) said they would take an 86% chunk of new Web group Excite Chello, which will be formed through the merger of UPC's chello broadband subsidiary with Excite@Home's international operations. The merger will create a firm, operating in 15 countries, with more than 300,000 broadband Internet subscribers and is estimated to be worth about $5.1 billion. Read analysis of this deal in Kelly Black's DealTracker.