Further to the merger between T-Mobile and Orange, the office of Fair Trading is being called upon by consumer groups to potentially investigate. There are some concerns that there could be damage to fair competition following the formation of the UK’s largest mobile phone operator.
There are also some concerns that the merger could mean a few thousand job losses – the current total is over 19,000. T-Mobile and Orange will now have a combined customer base of 28.4 million, which is 37% of the entire UK mobile phone market.
As I said in a previous post, O2 and Vodafone now lag behind, with Virgin (that rents lines off of T-Mobile) and 3 a long way back still.