Orange and T-Mobile to merge

22 February 2010 — 4:20 PM

Orange and T-Mobile merger

Regulators are set to confirm the green light for the merging of telecommunications giants Orange and T-Mobile, it has been reported.

The two firms have agreed to conditions which will allow healthy competition to remain in the market, good news for those recycling their mobile phones in order to upgrade their model, who will be looking for top deals.

Concerns were raised about the merger that the 30 million customer base which would be created could push 3, the UK's smallest mobile network operator, out of the market, but both Orange and T-Mobile have vowed to safeguard the company.

The European Commission is planning to reject an appeal lodged by the Office of Fair Trading, which was initially concerned about the future of 3 and it is unsure whether O2 or Vodafone will attempt to challenge the ruling.

Tom Alexander, chief executive officer of Orange, recently said that those selling their old mobile phones to get newer models will be able to take advantage of features such as high-definition voice facilities.

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