Orange eyes up US expansion

Seeks to establish virtual global presence

Ambitious mobile phone operator Orange is planning an assault on the US market. The company, owned by Hutchison Whampoa, is said to be considering a number of options for such a move. These include establishing semi-formal arrangements with US operators which would give it access to an extended network without having to follow the giant-acquisition trail blazed by Vodafone earlier this year. According to today's Daily Telegraph, the move could happen in the next 18 months and a likely vehicle for such a deal would be Voicestream a US mobile outfit which is part owned by Hutchison Whampoa. Voicestream has recently concluded a merger with Omnipoint. ®

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