EU regulators OK T-Mobile takeover of Orange Netherlands

European Union regulators cleared the proposed acquisition of telecommunications company Orange Netherlands by T-Mobile Netherlands, a branch of Deutsche Telekom, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated press report, quoting a statement from the European Commission, said the deal would 'not significantly impede effective competition' in EU markets.

Orange has about 1.9 million cell phone customers and 612,000 Internet users in the Netherlands. It is currently owned by France Telecom.

The report said the merger would make T-Mobile the second-largest mobile phone operator in terms of subscribers in the Dutch market and the third-largest operator in terms of revenue, the Commission said.

KPN remains the market leader, and the new entity would be have a similar strength to the other main player, Vodafone, the EU executive agency added.

In June, Deutsche Telekom AG said it will buy France Telecom's cell phone unit and Orange Netherlands in a deal that will see the Germany company sell its Spanish unit to the French firm, the report added.