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T-Mobile and Orange merger approved by EU
Tuesday 02 March 2010 14:21:48 by John Hunt

Approval has been granted for the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK by the EU. The approval was conditional on an amendment to the network sharing agreement between T-Mobile and Three as the EU were concerned that the merger could threaten the viability of Three, the smallest mobile network operator in the UK.

The other concession was that the combined network would have to give up 25% of its mobile spectrum within the 1800MHz band. Without doing so, the 60MHz contiguous spectrum held would be significantly larger than any of the other networks giving it the ability to run LTE, the next generation of mobile broadband services, at the best possible speeds within the current spectrum.

In light of these concessions, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) have withdrawn their request to review the case, giving a green light for the merger to go ahead. This will create the UK's largest mobile network with a market share of around 37%.


Posted by njalondon over 7 years ago
So much for competition
Posted by mitchja over 7 years ago
Bye Bye T-Mobile. Interesting to see what happens to Virgin Mobile now as they piggy back the T-Mobile network.

If O2 or Vodafone have any sense, they would take over Three which gives them the biggest 3G coverage overnight.
Posted by cjard over 7 years ago
What's the new comapny going to be called? T-angerine?
Posted by otester over 7 years ago

Then we are down to 3 main companies.

That's not good.


Posted by kev445 over 7 years ago
How about Orange-T :) Just gunna grab a cuppa :)
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 7 years ago
Orange probably has the better brand so it may win over. I believe the plan is to leave both operating for the first 18 months at least whilst a "brand review" takes place. They might come up with something completely new..
Posted by damien001 over 7 years ago
three also uses the orange network so there might be a prroblem there if o2 treid to take it over
Posted by Mr_Fluffy over 7 years ago
I wonder what the effect will be on tariffs - T-Mobile has by far the best broadband tariffs.
Posted by nige1h over 7 years ago
All of the mobile phone companies - and certainly these two - are already way too large and powerful. The whole shitty industry needs MORE competition, not less. So for just whose benefit did the EU and other so-called 'responsible' authorities give their approval for this merger to proceed?

But then, of course, our governments were all in on the whole rip-off, weren't they, when they sold the spectrum licenses to these sociopathic companies in the first place, so why on earth should we be surprised about the ongoing collusion?
Posted by nige1h over 7 years ago
The only saving grace is that the sensible ones amongst us use WiFi and WiMax access to Skype (or other sensible VoIP service) and so avoid giving these gross organisations any more of our money! Only problem is, these same guys have already moved heavily into the WiFi access provision throughout Europe, for which they make equally exorbitant charges that are out of all proportion to the costs involved. If the regulators were doing their jobs properly, the mobile phone companies would be barred from operating in both spaces.
Posted by katej84 over 7 years ago
Tmobile will be called whatever orange wants to call it since the word merger is just being used so people dont know actually orange are buying them out and Tmobile will be orange! helps having a husband working there who can find out whats going on as i had lots of friends on tmobile worried what would happen to their contracts!
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