Asian roaming services

Associated Press

Singapore, June 13:

A consortium of eight mobile phone operators acro-ss Asia today began allowing their 64 million subscribers to surf the Internet and send multimedia messages when traveling in the region. Subscribers of phone companies under the Bridge Mobile Alliance can also seek help locally if they’ve lost their cellular phones in a country which is served by one of the member mobile operators. These roaming services were previously unavailable. Bridge Mobile Alliance comprises PT Telkomsel from Indonesia, Singapore Telecommunications Inc, Taiwan Cellular Corp, India’s Bharti Televenture Inc, Optus Inc of Australia, Globe Telecom Corp of the Philippines, Malaysia’s Maxis Telecommunications Bhd and Hong Kong CSL Ltd. State-linked SingTel owns Optus and holds key stakes in Bharti and Globe.