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Orange and T-Mobile joint EE ownership isn’t ‘long term’

EE’s parent companies might be looking to part ways in the not-too-distant future, according to new reports.

The network might be top dog here on British soil, but it’s headed up by two firms who call the continent home – France-based Orange and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom.

The unity that’s blessed our nation with a solid 4G infrastructure that trumps rival 4G networks by most measurable metrics isn’t looking for ever-lasting corporate togetherness, and instead might separate and leave the EE lovechild to its own business.

Stephane Richard, Orange’s Chief Executive, revealed ‘The 50-50 situation isn’t a long-term scheme.

The paired firms’ fleeting love affair isn’t set to crumble just yet however, with Richard adding ‘Don’t expect anything spectacular in the short term.’

Kester Mann, industry analyst at CCS Insight, said: “We have always expected that EE’s owners Orange and Deutsch Telekom will exit the company in the long term.”

“A 50/50 joint-ownership of the company was never a long term solution in our view and a possible sale could come back on the agenda next year.”

Orange and T-Mobile banded together and created EE back on July 1 2010, and set up HQ in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

It’s the UK’s largest mobile carrier, boasting a formidable 28 million customers, and bringing in north of £6 billion in revenue last year alone.

This means that while a split between Orange and T-Mobile might be likely, the cause is assuredly not because EE is failing – quite the opposite, in fact.

Orange and T-Mobile both have plenty of problems with competition to sort out on home-soil, which means it’s becoming increasingly tempting to leave EE to its own successful devices.

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Via: WSJ, Cnet