Deutsche Telekom to acquire France Telecom mobile unit

Deutsche Telekom will buy France Telecom's mobile phone unit and the Internet company Orange Netherlands in a deal that will see it sell its Spanish unit to the French company, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report quoted a Deutsche Telekom statement as saying that the carrier will receive 320 million euros ($432.42 million) from France Telecom for but it did not disclose how much it would pay for the French company's wireless unit or for Orange Netherlands.

Dow Jones Newswires, citing a person close to the deal, said the purchase price for Orange would be just more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.76 billion), the Associated Press report said.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval and the works council of Orange Netherlands, the report added.

If successful, it would combine Telekom and Orange, Netherlands' two smallest wireless operators, making them second behind market leader Royal KPN and just ahead of Vodafone, the report said.

Orange has about 1.9 million cell phone customers and 612,000 Internet users. T-Mobile, the cell phone unit of Deutsche Telekom, has 2.5 million customers in the Netherlands, the report said.

The purchase of unit will further narrow the number of high speed Internet service providers in Spain to just four, the report said.