T-Mobile UK to merge or fold?

Reports have reached us that, despite the success of the G1 mobile phone, T-Mobile UK is in big trouble, repprting losses of €1.8bn. In fact, the company is on the verge of going bust or being forced to merge with another company, according to the Marketing Week website.


T-Mobile UK is owned by Deutsche Telekom and has come under increasing pressure via its shareholders to off-set its financial problems. According to its finance chief, Timotheus Hoettges, "The British market is highly competitive and has comparably low margins," he said. "In our view consolidation is a means to take excess capabilities out of the market. Nothing is unthinkable on our side."


Of course, since that statement, speculation has been rife as to who T-Mobile, the fourth largest telecoms company in the UK, would actually merge with and the favourite is 3, who happens to be the fifth largest telecoms company in the UK.


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