Orange and T-Mobile customers are getting lucky – the two networks' parent company, Everything Everywhere, is investing a cool £1.5bn in its mobile coverage.
The company today confirmed it will upgrade its existing network and further improve cross-network sharing to better enable customers to use 2G and 3G signals from either network. Within weeks, it says, its users will have access to the biggest, widest 3G network in the UK.
It will also begin investment into equipment for faster, more reliable coverage now, which will be upgraded to support 4G mobile tech when the spectrum is made available.
Everything Everywhere CEO Olaf Swantee commented: 'With mobile data increasing 250% over the past two years, we are making these investments so we can deliver on our ambition to provide the UK's most reliable, biggest and best mobile data network. We believe that the UK requires a 21st century infrastructure and are committed to rolling out 4G as soon as possible to support growing data use, connect parts of the country with little or no mobile broadband, and drive economic growth.'
In September, Everything Everywhere trialled 4G speeds to deliver broadband to rural areas where 10% of the UK population was unconnected.