Orange and T-Mobile agree a UK joint venture, loads of new handsets are announced, Ofcom talks about child safety and 3 changes its telesales business.
Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom have confirmed that they’re working together to combine T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a new 50:50 joint venture company. The new business would have around 37% of all UK mobile subscribers, which would certainly attract the attention of regulators in the UK and abroad.
The T-Mobile UK and Orange UK brands would continue separately for 18 months after the joint venture was created, with a new single brand planned for 2011. Subject to approval by competition authorities, the deal will be completed by the end of next month.