11/24/2009 4:13:00 PM
T-Mobile and Orange will not give up spectrum
and Orange will not make any concessions to win
regulatory approval for the merger of their UK units.
of Deutsche Telekom, Hamid Akhavan, and
Olaf Swantee head of France Telecom, told a Financial
Times conference last week that the two companies do not need to give up
radio spectrum to receive regulatory approval for the agreement.
Orange and T-Mobile intend to form a UK joint venture, which will become
the biggest mobile business in the country, with a 37% share of mobile revenue.
two companies have already signed the agreement, but the deal still needs to be
reviewed by regulators.
and Vodafone are expected to push the regulators to require Orange and T-Mobile to relinquish parts of
their 1,800 megahertz spectrum.