The EU Commission conditionally approves joint venture between two UK mobile network operators (T-Mobile / Orange)

"Of spectrum and Radio Access Networks: the T-Mobile/Orange joint venture in the UK"*I. Introduction On 8 September 2009, France Télécom and Deutsche Telekom, the French and German incumbent telecommunication operators, announced a 50/50 joint venture between their UK subsidiaries, Orange and T-Mobile, with the purpose of combining their mobile telecommunications businesses. The operation brought together the third (Orange) and fourth (T-Mobile) players in the UK retail mobile telephony market, behind the market leader O2, and the number two, Vodafone. Pre-merger, 3UK [1] was the number five player, with a significantly smaller market share. In addition to these five Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), i.e. operators which own their mobile network, there are around 25 other Mobile

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Jocelyn Guitton, Boryana Hristova, Vera Pozzato, The EU Commission conditionally approves joint venture between two UK mobile network operators (T-Mobile / Orange), 1 March 2010, e-Competitions March 2010, Art. N° 34854

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