France has got 4 Operators Orange, Bouygues Telecom,SFR, and Free.
the first two were negotiating a merger and they dropped the plan as it was too complicated.
Germany has got 4 networks two. Telekom, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus.
The last two have been merging since 2004 and this is still going on,and might go on for another 2 years. They had to give away a significant share of their network in order to get green light and still prices have stopped falling since the merger was approved.
4 Operators, good for competition.
3 Operators, bad for competition