‘Super network’ for Orange/T-Mobile JV

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Cross-network roaming starts October 5 for Orange/T-Mobile customers, as Everything Everywhere JV chief Tom Alexander outlines plan to create ‘super network’ combining mobile, Wi-Fi and fixed line technologies

Everything Everywhere chief executive officer Tom Alexander has laid out his plans for a ‘super network’ after announcing Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to roam across the two operators’ networks from the start of next month.

From October 5, Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to opt in to switch between the two networks depending on which provides them with the best coverage in certain areas.

Once registered, should a customer lose signal on their existing network, they will then automatically pick up the signal from the other network where it is available.

From next year network switching will be made an automatic service to provide cross-over mid-call, as well as providing stronger data and internet coverage to the two companies’ combined subscriber base of 30 million.

The announcement is the first major consumer benefit to emerge since Orange and T-Mobile formed the Everything Everywhere joint venture on July 1.

Alexander said: “Until now, the industry has been working in a single network environment.

“We have a vision of a ‘multinet’ world where the consumer will be able to access what they want, when they want, at the touch of a button.

“It will all be possible due to a complex system of interweaving multiple networks, bringing mobile, Wi-Fi and fixed technologies together to act as a super network.”

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