Orange strenuously denied any discussions regarding a merger with Deutsche Telekom were taking place, after media reports claimed a tie-up was being considered by the German operator group.
Earlier today (27 November) German newspaper Handelsblatt reported senior management at Deutsche Telekom were exploring the possibility of a merger deal with Orange.
The publication’s sources claimed Deutsche Telekom’s plans were at an early stage, but had been discussed by board members.
It added the two companies had a history of partnering on initiatives and there had been meetings between senior executives earlier in the year. Previously the companies were joint owners of UK operator EE.
Details on the potential make-up of a deal or rationale behind the move were sparse.
In a statement to Mobile World Live, an Orange representative said: “There is no project or discussion about a Deutsche Telekom-Orange merger.”
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