Are Orange and T-Mobile going to merge?
There's something going on in the mobile market that might see the creation of the biggest provider in the UK. Over the past couple of days there have been whispers of O2 operators Telefonica and Vodafone bidding for T-Mobile, and now Reuters reports that T-Mobile are to hold exclusive talks with Orange about a "joint venture".
It doesn't mean a merger will definitely happen and the talks could stall well before a new company is created. If it were to happen though, the Competition Commission would probably get involved as the number of major providers reduces from five to four; O2 currently has a market share of around 27 percent, followed by Vodafone with 25 percent, Orange with 22 percent, T-Mobile with 15 and 3 UK with 8 percent.