How come Orange and T-Mobile had to get permission to merge?

Orange and T-Mobile had to get permission from the EU to merge. How come? Are they the biggest mobile company in the UK now?

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2011 at 22:54

The extra market force certainly is relevant, and it afffects the way the wave spectrum is split up. Also, t-mobile is German and Orange French.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 19, 2011 at 23:12


emmajk42 / MOD  Mar. 21, 2011 at 09:18

Because of the share in the market, it could have been considered anti-competitive, so the EU stepped in. Here's an interesting article in the Guardian.

mrew42  May. 18, 2011 at 12:25

How come there is only one monopolies & mergers commission?


emmajk42 / MOD  May. 18, 2011 at 12:48

Ha ha mrew, made me chuckle :D

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2011 at 12:50

:p hahaha

CTPAHHIK  May. 18, 2011 at 13:46

You have OFT, Competition Commission and Brussels politicians. Each needs to justify their existence, so they have to pretend that research needs to be done into anti-competitiveness of proposed merger.

Eliminating competition is by default anti-competitive and it's obvious that consumers will loose on this merger. Orange and T-Mobile would need to pay off right people and merger will be approved. What OFT, etc. are doing is getting arguments together in order to get bigger bribe.

If this merger would be denied it would mean that agencies in this country actually doing their job.

Note that pending acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T in US is much more exciting as it would result in single GSM monopoly in US, if approved.


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