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Mobile broadband providers T-Mobile and Orange are looking to push through their proposed merger by giving up some of their bandwidth access, it has been revealed.

According to the Financial Times, approval for the agreement – which was originally put forward in September - has been delayed due to concerns over the amount of the 1,800MHz bandwidth the combined organisation would own.

However, both firms have now suggested they could give up some of their monopoly in order to win approval from the European Commission within the next month.

The move has not been warmly welcomed by rival broadband providers though, as several insiders told the newspaper that the amount of spectrum they are looking to concede is not adequate enough.

Orange and T-Mobile's parent companies France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom signed a final agreement over creating the 50:50 joint venture in November.

Gervais Pellissier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Group Finance and Information Systems for Deutsche Telecom, said the deal would establish "an excellent platform to deliver operational synergies and offer innovative and high quality services to our customers".

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