Mobile merger approved

1 March 2010 — 6:00 PM

Mobile merger

The merger between France Telecom's Orange and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile has been approved by the European Commission (EC).

Consumers may be interested in the move following the decision by the Office of Fair Trading to shelve a request for an investigation into the link up, which paved the way for the creation of the UK's biggest mobile phone firm.

The joint-force of the company will give it a market share of 37 per cent and more than 28 million customers.

However, measures are in place to ensure that other networks are not harmed as the EC says the pair must take measures to protect the UK's smallest mobile network - 3 - and sell a quarter of its spectrum on the 1,800 MHz band.

The EC said: "The decision is conditional upon the amendment of an existing network sharing agreement with Hutchison 3G UK to ensure that there remains sufficient competition in the market."

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