Saudi Telecom to launch Unified International Roaming service

The new service, effective from August 1st, will link 30 telecom operators globally.

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  July 28, 2008

Saudi Telecom will launch its new Unified International Roaming service next month. Linking 30 global telecommunications operators, the service will cover most of the Middle East, Europe, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa.

The network will provide travelers with fixed and low cost rates - SR1 per minute for receiving calls and SR1.50 for outgoing calls within the countries and to Saudi Arabia.

Customers will also receive messages explaining roaming rates as well as the preferred roaming network in these countries. Other price discounts include SMS and internet usage based on agreed tariffs with the operators.

"STC's Unified International Roaming Network is a strategic step that follows and complements global communications trends," said Eng. Saud Al Daweesh, STC president and CEO.

"By partnering with the leading mobile operators in the region we have established a tariff of economical rates with a discount reaching 69% in some countries and providing great value for our customers who travel extensively across the region and ensuring both transparency and fixed rates," Daweesh added.

The first phase of the Unified International Roaming service includes leading mobile operators in the region such as Batelco in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman Mobile and Nawras in Oman, du in the UAE and Wataniya in Kuwait.

STC's partners covering the rest of the Middle East are Umniah in Jordan, SyriaTel and MTN in Syria, and Vodafone in Egypt.

It also includes STC companies such as Axis in Indonesia, Avea in Turkey, Cell-C in South Africa, in addition to Vodafone Group starting with Egypt and covering the rest of the European continent and Australia.

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