After successfully merging their mobile units in the UK to create the leading operator in the country, Everything Everywhere, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are reportedly looking at similar deals in Europe.
In an interview to German daily Handelsblatt, Deutsche Telekom spokesperson said: “We’re looking at every country, [including] Romania and Austria,” while also adding: “But we’re not only talking to France Telecom there, but also to other competitors.”
In Austria, Telekom Austria is leading the market with 5.1 million subscribers, followed by Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile (3.8 million) and France Telecom’s Orange (2.2 million). As for Romania, Orange is the market leader with 10.5 million connections, while Deutsche Telekom’s Cosmote is third on 6.8 million. Vodafone holds the second spot with 9.8 million subscribers.
Meanwhile, in Poland the two European giants recently announced a network-sharing partnership between Orange Poland and Deutsche Telekom’s PTC with the idea that both companies have a 50%stake in the venture, which would build, operate and maintain both networks.
We’ll see where this goes and let you know as soon as we hear something new on this front…