AT&T declares that it has no acquisition plans for British cellphone company Vodafone

DALLAS – AT&T says it does not intend to make an offer soon for British cellphone company Vodafone.

The announcement by the largest U.S. telecommunications company means it is restricted from initiating a bid on Vodafone in the next six months, according to British takeover rules. But the Dallas company can respond to an offer initiated by Vodafone, or it can make a bid in response to an offer from another company.

AT&T Inc. says it made the announcement at the request of a United Kingdom Takeover Panel, and it cites recent speculation about a possible Vodafone deal.

Last year, Vodafone agreed to sell its 45 per cent stake in AT&T competitor Verizon Communications Inc. to Verizon for $130 billion.

U.S.-traded shares of Vodafone Group PLC fell 2.7 per cent to $37.01 in morning trading Monday. AT&T rose 7 cents to $33.49.