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In the UK, T-Mobile and Orange To Merge 74

Posted by kdawson
from the what-is-this-competition-of-which-you-speak dept.
EthanV2 sends in BBC coverage of the merger plans of Orange and T-Mobile in the UK. "T-Mobile and Orange plan to merge their UK businesses, creating a mobile phone giant with 28.4 million customers. If completed, a deal between Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile and Orange owner France Telecom would see a firm with sales of €9.4 B (£7.0 B, $13.4 B). It would be the UK's largest provider, overtaking Telefonica's O2, with about 37% of the mobile market. ... However, it is likely that competition authorities in the UK and EU will probe the deal."
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In the UK, T-Mobile and Orange To Merge

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  • Mergers (Score:3, Insightful)

    by AndrewNeo (979708) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @04:41PM (#29356659) Homepage

    However, it is likely that competition authorities in the UK and EU will probe the deal.

    Is there ever any news of mergers that hit Slashdot that aren't probed by the EU?

    • Re:Mergers (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Shakrai (717556) on Tuesday September 08, 2009 @04:52PM (#29356859) Journal

      Is there ever any news of mergers that hit Slashdot that aren't probed by the EU?

      I don't recall the EU probing Slashdot's merger with Sourceforge ;)

    • Is there ever any news of mergers that hit Slashdot that aren't probed by the EU?

      It's the whole idea of competition regulation departments in the government to probe mergers of large companies. It would be news if they didn't probe a merger.

    • Re:Mergers (Score:4, Informative)

      by VJ42 (860241) * on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @07:53AM (#29363991)

      However, it is likely that competition authorities in the UK and EU will probe the deal.

      Is there ever any news of mergers that hit Slashdot that aren't probed by the EU?

      It tends not to be news if two tiny companies merge to form another small company; that happens all the time without regulators getting involved, it's just not important enough to hit the/. front page.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by teslar (706653)

      Is there ever any news of mergers that hit Slashdot that aren't probed by the EU?

      Does the Enterprise ever go on patrol along the neutral zone and nothing happens?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by compro01 (777531)

        Yes. Nothing of interest happened when the Enterprise-E was there in First Contact.

    • by amias (105819)

      in soviet russia monopolies commission probes eu !

  • I guess Darth Vader [youtube.com] finally capitulated and joined the Orange Side?

    • by damburger (981828)
      My favourite bit is when he smacks the fat guy round the head. Guess they will be bringing 'order' to the industry now...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @05:29AM (#29363391)

    In the UK, people annoyed by retardedly phrased Slashdot headlines.

    • by ledow (319597) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @06:37AM (#29363679) Homepage

      In the UK, at least one person annoyed by the non-word "retardedly".

    • by steelfood (895457)

      Speaks like Yoda, /. editors do to sound wiser.

  • by Kupfernigk (1190345) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @06:46AM (#29363707)
    This merger makes me very happy indeed. One of my kids is a lawyer specialising in telecoms competition issues. Recession? What recession?
    • Re: (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I hope your kid catches the swine flu.

      • Although I was making a sarcastic point - it's a bunfight for lawyers - this will inevitably result in litigation. It is potentially very anti-competitive. Now, what do you want? A strong European Competition Commission that takes consumer issues seriously and is prepared to take on multinationals who want monopolies, or a weak ECC and the sort of high prices and restrictive contracts that are the norm in the US?

        And who do you want in court? Elderly lawyers who don't understand this newfangled mobile phone

  • by Culture20 (968837) on Wednesday September 09, 2009 @07:45AM (#29363949)
    Did they already extend into Poland?
  • The EU tend to be vicious these days with mobile operators, so I'm not really worried about the monopoly aspect. What I'm pleased about is what this could potentially do to HSPA coverage on our fair Isle. T-Mobile & Huchinson are already in bed till 2031 in a UMTS Network sharing agreement. Add Orange into the mix and Voda (with their handful of 14.4Mbps coverage spots) don't really look too hot...

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