Hutchison Whampoa closes acquisition of Orange Austria

VIENNA Thu Jan 3, 2013 2:03pm GMT

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VIENNA (Reuters) - Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has completed its 1.3 billion euro ($1.7 billion) acquisition of Orange Austria to make it Austria's third-biggest mobile operator, it said on Thursday.

Its purchase from Mid Europa Partners and France Telecom-Orange followed extensive negotiations that finally won European Union and Austrian regulatory approval last month.

($1 = 0.7553 euro)

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Dan Lalor)

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