Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Orange and T Mobile cleared to merge

European and UK authorities step aside

Article comments

The European Commission has given a conditional go-ahead for the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK, owned by France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom respectively.

The Commission, Europe's top competition authority, agreed to the deal on condition that the two companies change their existing network sharing agreements with a third smaller player, Hutchison Whampoa's 3UK, to "ensure that there remain sufficient competitors in the market," the Commission said in a statement.

The merger investigation showed that the deal as initially notified could put at risk the future of T-Mobile's Radio Access Network sharing agreement with 3UK, the UK's smallest mobile network operator. The Commission said the termination of this agreement could threaten 3UK's viability on the market and possibly force it out of the market.

It also insisted that the joint entity sells a quarter of their combined spectrum in the 1800MHz band, which is one of three frequency bands currently used for mobile communications in the UK.

Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said in the statement he was "happy" a quick solution to the potential competition problem was found.

Orange UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of the French incumbent telecommunications operator France Telecom. It provides mobile telephony services in the UK and, to a lesser extent, broadband internet access services on a fixed network.

T-Mobile UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of the German incumbent telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom. It provides mobile telephony services in the UK.


More from Techworld

More relevant IT news


Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *