Marking a pivotal moment in the world of mobiles, the union between network providers Orange and T-Mobile has finally been completed as their joint venture goes live.
Controlled by their parent company, Everything Everywhere, the two networks will now be irreconcilably linked to one another. The transition will occur seamlessly, meaning that mobile users on either network should experience no disruption to their normal service.
In fact, the only change which is expected for users is a positive one – with Orange customers able to use T-Mobile’s 3G signals, and vice versa.
Mobile phones, computer tablets and mobile broadband services which suffer from poor coverage will therefore gain boosted 3G connectivity, helping to improve the service which they offer customers.
What this means for customers
Customers should encounter nothing but increased connectivity as a result of this partnership. If the 3G signal of the phone’s host network is lost then the device will automatically switch to the other provider, utilising their network in order to offer an uninterrupted service to the user.
According to the CEO of Everything Everywhere, Olaf Swantee, this will give Orange and T-Mobile customers access to “the widest 2G and 3G coverage available in Britain.”
Improved mobile connectivity
Of course, this union is just one of many projects currently aiming at improving mobile connectivity in the UK. Other roll-outs, such as a proposed 4G internet connection for the UK, are also in the pipeline with Everything Everywhere once again one of the driving forces behind the initiative.
This is evident in the company’s HSPA+ 21, which is claimed to bridge the gap between 3G and 4G connectivity as a sort of hybrid 3.5G system. According to Ofcom, the service currently reaches 95% of the UK population, meaning that very few people are unable to connect.
Not content with this widespread appeal, Everything Everywhere have announced their intention to launch a separate 4G service later this year – meaning Orange and T-Mobile customers will receive an even better service.
Whether this roll-out will run to schedule or not remains to be seen, all we know is that the decision to combine mobile networks is surely a step in the right direction for those wanting to offer the best possible services to their customers.