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DT-Orange merger rumors not so silly this time around

Deutsche Telekom’s knee-jerk reaction to its complete and utter repulsion regarding the green-lighting of the Liberty Global-Vodafone deal (which it is still attempting to block by the way), is the pursuit of a merger with Orange (again). The French telco immediately rubbished the rumors, surfaced initially this week by German news outlet Handelsblatt, but the idea is not as implausible as most other publications believe. Ever since DT and Orange joined forces on developing the Djingo/Magenta voice assistant and smart speaker in early 2018, we knew this was not your run of the mill alliance. Handelsbatt has done little more than claim that DT CEO Timotheus Höttges is currently weighing up options for a merger with Orange, citing no one…

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