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Teleglobe and Comfone announce plans for new global roaming services

Teleglobe and Comfone AG plan to develop a set of roaming services running over their combined signaling networks.


April 16, 2003  


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Teleglobe and Comfone AG plan to develop a set of roaming services running over their combined signaling networks.

Teleglobe, in partnership with Swiss-based Comfone, says the deal allows it to become one of the first telecommunications companies to provide international global roaming services designed for mobile carriers offering roaming to and from North America.

According to The Yankee Group’s Keith Mallinson, the global roaming market is substantial and will continue to experience healthy growth as subscriber numbers and minutes of use per subscriber around the world continue to increase.

As well, he notes that services demanded of GSM providers will change as voice is now being supplemented by data roaming, as customers demand SMS, MMS and browser access across current and next-generation networks abroad as well as at home.

“Cross-border roaming accounts for as much as five per cent of mobile carrier revenue in many nations, some achieve more than 15 per cent of their revenue from the Roaming business,” said Mallinson. “Carriers have made building good radio coverage in places such as airports and ski resorts a high priority, so as to capture the roamers and then benefit from their heavy use.”

Teleglobe owns and operates a telecommunications network built over a combination of wavelength IRUs, ownership or participation in 90 fiber-optic submarine cable systems, satellite capacity, and leased transmission capacity.

It currently has 275 direct and bilateral relations with large incumbent and alternative carriers.