T-Mobile and Orange are going to merge their UK businesses and create a 50:50 joint venture. Both the T-Mobile and Orange brand names will remain, the only thing that actually changes is that their respective networks will be merged and then managed as a single entity. The joint venture will have 30 million customers, giving it 37% of the British market. The second largest player is now O2 with 27% and and Vodafone with 25%. The first thing you’re probably going to notice as a customer is improved coverage, the second is you’re going to see faster upgrades to the network infrastructure. Questions will be raised about what is going to happen with 3, who is currently in a deal to share T-Mobile’s network.
Update: Video from the public relations people: