Deutsche Telekom to expand int'l mobile phone business

The T-Mobile brand could soon be coming to a market near you. As part of a strategy to revive profits, Deutsche Telekom AG intends to expand its T-Mobile cellular business in markets in which the German telecommunications group is already offering fixed-line services and possibly in entirely new markets, the company said Thursday.

T-Mobile is already one of the largest mobile phone operators in western Europe and the U.S. Its T-Mobile USA subsidiary has emerged as the group's main growth engine.

Deutsche Telekom "does not rule out acquisitions" as part of its expansion strategy, it said.

Acquiring the Dutch mobile phone subsidiary of France's Orange SA could be part of that strategy. The company is rumored to be among the bidders for the Dutch company, the smallest of four operators in the Netherlands.

The new strategy carries the signature of Ren

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