Infratil could have competition in its bid to buy Vodafone's New Zealand operations.

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Three private equity giants - all US-based - are said to be eyeing Vodafone NZ: Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) and TPG Capital (not to be confused with Australian company TPG Telecom, which is attempting to merge with Vodafone Australia), with two bids placed.

Infratil shares were put in a trading halt on Friday after it filed that it was in talks with Vodafone. Canadian investment giant Brookfield is reportedly

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