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Is T-Mobile on the market?

With news that Deutsche Telekom, the owner of mobile phone network company T-Mobile UK, has reduced the balance sheet value of the subsidiary by a substantial £1.6 billion there is growing speculation that the operation may be up for sale. As we covered in one of our earlier post, there is increasing interest from France Telecom, which is the parent company of Orange, and a belief that a combination of the Orange mobile phone network and T-Mobile would have significant potential for the future.

It seems as though the high prices and high investment stakes afforded to the worldwide mobile phone sector are causing some significant concern across the board. In line with the worldwide recession, an inevitable slowdown in spending has hit mobile phone companies with competition also a significant factor. It would appear that any merger of Orange and T-Mobile would have no significant regulatory hurdles to jump and could open the floodgates for similar deals across the mobile phone sector.

There is no doubt that mobile broadband, and connected services, are the future although an amalgamation of various operations and more focused capital spending could be the way forward. This is a sector which has been rife for consolidation for some time and we may well be seeing the start of this particular phase.

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