T-Mobile UK and Orange merge to create biggest UK carrier

Sep 8, 2009
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UK carriers Orange and T-Mobile have announced plans to merge, in a deal that will leave them the country's largest mobile phone firm.  The two carriers will maintain separate front-end operations for the next eighteen months, while their branding is examined presumably in preparation for a merge, but in the background they will share network infrastructure and are promising customers improvements in quality and coverage.

The deal - about which it's said will cost £600m to £800m to fully integrate the two companies - will eventually see savings of around £445m per year by 2014, according to spokespeople from the carriers.  It will also give the combined carrier 28.4m customers, or 37-percent of the market.  However there has been no word of what staff cutbacks might be expected.


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