Deutsche Telekom (DT) shored up its position in the Netherlands wireless market with an agreement to purchase Orange Netherlands (ON), a unit of France Telecom (FT), for €1.3 billion (U.S. $1.76 billion). ON, with 1.9 million customers, ranks as one of the smaller wireless operators in the Dutch market along with DT’s T-Mobile subsidiary, which serves 2.5 million Dutch subscribers. Contingent upon regulatory approval, DT would combine ON with its T-Mobile operations to form the second-largest wireless provider in the Netherlands ahead of Vodafone, the current number two carrier, and behind market leader KPN. For FT, the departure from the Dutch wireless market is said to be a welcome development, as ON had struggled for years to gain market share against Vodafone, KPN and virtual network operators in the region. In conjunction with the ON deal, FT will also acquire Ya.com, a Spanish Internet provider owned by DT, in a transaction valued at €320 million. Sources say that the sale of Ya.com corresponds with DT’s strategy of disposing non-core assets.