According to our very own peekie, moderator of the dutch forum, the sale is taking place because France Telecom did not acquire the percentage of market share they had hoped to gain by buying the company in the first place. With 1.9 million mobile customers and in excess of 600,000 broadband internet subscribers, Orange NL are ranked as the third largest provider in the Netherlands.
Deutsche Telekom, the German owner of T-Mobile and fourth largest provider in the Netherlands, looks set to be the most likely buyer of Orange NL and have put in an offer of 1.6 billion euros.
Unfortunately, this means that the extensive range of Orange SPV's will disappear from the Netherlands, only to be replaced with T-Mobile's lesser MDA range. This, coupled with the recent departure of i-mate devices from the Netherlands, means it looks like our dutch members will now be severely restricted in their choice of Windows Mobile devices that are on available to them, after previously having a broad range of devices available to them from Orange.