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T-Mobile and Orange cut jobs

Everything Everywhere (EE) is to axe 1,200 jobs, in the first major restructuring since the venture was created through the merger of Orange and T-Mobile's UK units. The company is to cut 7.5 per cent of its 16,000-strong workforce to remove duplication following the deal, completed in July.

EE said it would cut staff from all areas of the business where there was duplication, although no "frontline" customer service or retail store employees are under threat.

EE's chief executive, Tom Alexander, said the move was "regrettable" but that the company had to operate with "maximum efficiency".