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December 6, 2013

Three UK in Merger Talks with O2



We could see a reduction in our choice of mobile networks reduced in the near future, as Three UK believes that three strong players will dominate the market after some mega mergers – with it being the possible subject of a takeover or even acquiring one of the larger players itself.

Three UK CEO David Dyson spoke to the Guardian (link below) and revealed that the UK would be just fine with fewer mobile operators.

“Under the right circumstances the UK could operate competitively with three or with five networks,”

he said and added that carrier consolidation could start as soon as 2014.

The data-friendly network is already looking into buying O2 in Ireland and it’s now being linked with a potential takeover of the UK business too.

Three UK owner Hutchison Whampoa has several networks around the world. It’s this portfolio which brought around the firm’s “feel at home” offer, abolishing roaming charges in certain countries, and it has been recently extended to cover four more territories, so even though Three UK is the smallest of four in the UK, it’s got a strong backing, with its customer base growing month on month.

Source: The Guardian

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini