May 19, 2013 | 10:25 PM (BD Time)
19 May, 2013 Sunday
Airtel Bangladesh customers get free intercontinental roaming service
. Business Desk
Bharti Airtel has introduced the world's first free intercontinental roaming service by including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to its current bouquet of one network services for its African customers.
Airtel Bangladesh customers while travelling to Africa will also enjoy free incoming calls on their Airtel connections from now on, the telecom conglomerate announced in a press release on Saturday.
Airtel customers already avail this facility across the company's mobile network in 17 countries across Africa. Airtel customers in Africa will not need to register for the One Network service or buy new SIM cards, as they will now be automatically provisioned as 'citizens' of Airtel's borderless network across 20 countries in Africa and Asia.
This offers opportunities to a base of 60 million Airtel customers in Africa to roam at affordable tariffs in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
By offering free incoming calls whilst roaming, the service ups the ante for global telecom providers as the seamless service across continents is a world-first amongst mobile service providers.
This will greatly benefit the travelling population, consisting of tourists, corporates, businessmen and students who want to keep in touch with people back home.
Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer at Airtel Africa said, "Airtel's One Network now gives our customers the ability to drastically reduce roaming charges whilst travelling within and across the two continents. Our goal is to provide affordable and relevant mobile communication solutions across borders." The world's first seamless service across continents ups the ante for global telecom providers, the company said.
Within 17 African countries, One Network also allows Airtel customers to use their local Airtel SIM cards whilst abroad, giving them access to attractive rates for calls made, access data, enjoy value added services and recharge using local top up vouchers in the country visited.
The service is poised to benefit increasing intra-regional trade between Africa and the South Asian nations, which currently stands at over $ 60 billion. Equally, the number of travellers between Africa and the 3 countries has been growing.
India is the main destination for most of African travellers for trade, its tertiary educational institutions and affordable medical facilities.
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