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| DDI, IDO, Others to Launch Mobile Phone Roaming Service
March 15, 1999 (HONG KONG) -- Hutchison Telecom (Hong Kong) Ltd., DDI
Corp. and IDO Corp. of Japan, and Shinsegi Telecom Inc. of Korea recently
signed an agreement aimed at providing cdmaOne customers with a global
|All of the four telecom companies are cdmaOne network operators.
Under the agreement, roaming subscribers will be able to use a single
handset and a mobile number to make calls on cdmaOne networks in Hong
Kong, Japan and Korea, as well as in other Asian countries, the United
States and Canada.
The new service is expected to be launched in December 1999.
"Hong Kong, Japan and Korea are major business and travel destinations,
and the number of people visiting the three areas is growing rapidly.
The demand for a more convenient roaming service has also been increasing
among the three areas," said Stephen Ngan, Hutchison Telecom's director
of sales and marketing (wireless).
Kyocera Corp., which makes Iridium phones, will develop a new all-band
handset using cdmaOne technology to provide automatic access to cdmaOne
networks in Hong Kong, Japan and Korea and all over the world.
Hutchison Telecom launched its commercial CDMA network in October 1995.
The company has more than 460,000 cdmaOne subscribers.
(Eleanor Yeung, Asia BizTech Hong Kong Editor)
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