Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Glo Gateway expands mobile services to 140 nations

Globacom’s international gateway subsidiary, the Glo Gateway, has announced the expansion of its roaming services to more destinations and networks across the world across 140 countries.

This, the telco said positions it as the largest roaming footprint for voice and data in the country.

Head of Glo Gateway, Mr. Charles Odiase, said in a press statement made available to Business Champion, the company’s traditional roaming services are now available in 140 countries.

“We have established interconnectivity with 235 networks in 140 countries for voice roaming,” he said.

He listed some of the countries to include United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Ireland, Malaysia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Benin, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Portugal, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cote-d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Finland and Egypt.

Others are Gabon, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Philippines, Russia, Romania, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Bangladesh.

He also said that Glo’s data roaming for mobile phones, laptops and Blackberry handsets, otherwise known as the General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) roaming, is growing fast and has spread to 72 networks in 29 countries.

According to him, with the voice roaming service, Glo Mobile subscribers who travel to any of the 140 countries would be able to make and receive calls on their phones.

He explained that GPRS roaming affords the subscriber to access the value added services available on the Glo GPRS technology such as Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Magic Plus, Glo Mobile Internet, Glo Direct, Glo Fleetmanager, Glo M-Banking and Glo Mobile Office. Equally, he said, countries where GPRS roaming is available include United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Singapore, Russia, Netherlands, Canada, Austria, France, Hong Kong and China.

Odiase added that for the international short messaging service (SMS), Glo Gateway has established interconnection with over 700 networks worldwide, thereby making it possible for Glo Mobile subscribers to send and receive SMS in virtually every country across all the continents.
“These developments align with our leadership position in the industry. Glo Gateway’s footprints transcend all the continents. We have presence in all major hubs to enable our subscribers who travel for commerce, tourism and religious purposes to be able to stay in touch through their Glo phones,” Odiase said.

From inception Glo Gateway claims its activities have been in line with the strategy of its parent company, Globacom, introduced several innovations, including pioneering of GPRS roaming in Nigeria and was also the first to introduce Prepaid Roaming service which allows prepaid subscribers on its network to benefit from international roaming services hitherto available only to postpaid subscribers.

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