The French competition authority has given its approval to Numericableís purchase of the Virgin Mobile brands.

The cablenet had already acquired the SFR network, where Virginís MVNO network is largely hosted.

Under commitments made during the SFR purchase, the network is obliged to provide services to other operators looking to run an MVNO operation.

It has competition in the market from Orange and Bouygues Telecom.

Virgin Mobileís market share in France is less than 3%.