Orange and T-Mobile turn into Everything Everywhere
Orange and T-Mobile will be run by a new company called Everything Everywhere following their merger.
Mercifully, this name will not be inflicted on customers. The two companies will continue to compete under their current brands on the high street, though they will share network infrastructure – allowing customers to roam across the two networks later in the year.
It’s unclear how long the two companies will continue to operate side-by-side. When the merger was originally announced in September, the companies claimed Orange and T-Mobile would operate independently for 18 months after the deal was closed.
The companies further claimed that they would aim for “a reduction in the combined number of stores… general and administration costs; eliminate duplication in core support functions; [and] optimise the workforce notably in customer service.”
A spokesperson for Everything Everywhere said the company was exploring potential job cuts. “Regarding jobs, Orange and T-Mobile are currently going through an assessment regarding roles in the new company and this assessment will be used to inform the reorganisation of the Top 150.
“While any integration of this size will undoubtedly cause some element of job losses, there are currently no specific plans to make any further people cuts at this stage,” he concluded.
The deal makes Everything Everywhere the UK’s largest mobile-phone company with 28 million customers and a 37% share of the market.