Everything Everywhere Completes Orange/T-Mobile 3G Network Assimilation

By Gary Cutlack on at

Everything Everywhere, the annoyingly named, pain in the arse to type, new network formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, has completed its technical fiddlings, meaning users of both companies can now switch, seamlessly, between the two networks when using 3G services. They have now become one.

The last phase of this joining involves the launch of something Everything Everywhere calls its Smart Signal Sharing system, which means users of 3G devices will enjoy better coverage, thanks to automatic switching between the two networks when signal quality begins to drop. And no roaming fees, of course, seeing as they're now happily married.

Olaf Swantee, the CEO of Everything Everywhere, said of this joyous coupling: "Smart Signal Sharing marks the completion of the Orange and T-Mobile signal integration project, which provides our 27.5million customers with the widest 2G and 3G coverage available in Britain today."

Today's announcement also has another little snippet on the network's 4G plans that will once again infuriate its rivals, with EE claiming that, subject to Ofcom approval, it is "ready and able to begin the roll out of 4G on a small scale" by the end of 2012. [Everything Everywhere]