ITU Secretary-General gives T-Mobile and Orange merger thumbs up

Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr H. Touré, has commented positively on the proposed merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK. Dr Touré stated that the deal was a great move for the mobile industry, and a sign that the global economy is taking a step forward out of the recession.

Dr Touré said: “This merger shows a shift in the global telecoms market, indicating the first steps of recovery in our industry. The streamlining of the business will put the new operator in good stead to meet current economic challenges.

“Both T-Mobile and Orange have strong R&D departments, so I see the newly formed operator as one to watch in terms of innovation in the products and services it brings to market,” continued Dr Touré.

“Becoming the largest operator in the UK will benefit customers by allowing the new corporation to offer more choice in mobile services and flexibility in pricing. Emerging markets will also benefit from the R&D investment being made in new technologies,” he concluded.

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