Orange and T Mobile Announce Joint Venture

08 Sep

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Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom plan to merge T-Mobile UK and Orange UK to create a new mobile champion

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London, Bonn and Paris, 8 September, 2009: Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom today announce that they have entered into exclusive negotiations to combine T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a new 50:50 joint venture company.

The new joint venture will create the UK’s leading mobile operator. It will have a combined mobile customer base of around 28.4 million, representing approximately 37 percent of UK mobile subscribers, based on figures at end December 2008. By integrating Orange’s broadband activities, the joint venture will also have the capabilities to offer convergent solutions to its customers in the future. The business will have pro forma 2008 revenues of approximately €9.4 billion (£7.7 billion) and EBITDA of €2.1 billion (£1.7 billion).

This combination will bring substantial benefits to UK consumers. It will result in expanded network coverage and enhanced indoor and outdoor network quality for 2G and 3G services, as well as better customer proximity through a larger network of own shops and improved customer services. The combination will place the joint venture in a better position to invest in innovative new services and to exploit new technologies. The new enlarged business will also be able to compete more effectively with the other two large mobile operators in the market.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
ANNETTE.HARADA@TVCGROUP.COM 0207 535 5800 | 07970 312 002
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