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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 roaming service.
    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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    Updated: Fri Mar 12 23:42:22 1999 PDT