Telecom giants Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are considering merging their networks in Romania in order to reduce the costs they run with network maintenance, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt that is quoting sources at the top management of France Telecom.
The two companies have done such a thing before, having merged their operations in Great Britain.
The two telecom operators are thinking about using in common certain equipment that is poart of their mobile networks in Poland and are analyzing if such a move would be feasible in other states such as Austria, Romania and Slovakia, as announced later by a spokesperson of the France Telecom group.
“At this point the concerned parties are examining the subject related to the opportunity and the types of future synergies that will take place between them,” said Madalina Suceveanu, CTO of Orange Romania, for newswire Mediafax.
She said Orange Romania collaborated before regarding the technical aspects with other players on the local market. “The first steps were made several years ago by using in common the telecommunication infrastructure in certain parts of the network such as the colocation of antennas, and have implied collaborations with Vodafone Romania and Cosmote Romania,” said Suceveanu for Mediafax.
Orange, part of France Telecom, is the largest operator in Romania at the moment.
Deutsche Telekom owns a 30 percent stake in the Greek group OTE, that runs Romtelecom and Cosmote on the Romanian market.