Orascom Telecom Signs Up to Link2One Roaming Hub

Naguib Sawaris, CEO, Orascom (Image: file photo)
Orascom Telecom Holding (“Orascom Telecom”), has signed an agreement with Link2One to provide Orascom Telecom access to its roaming hub.

The deal sees Orascom Telecom, with extensive operations in North Africa and the Middle East, reduce the need for bilateral roaming agreements with an ever increasing number of service providers, instead leveraging the Link2One Hub framework of multilateral roaming agreements for data, prepaid, voice and 3G services. The Link2One Hub also provides Orascom Telecom with access to a single financial and clearing settlement pool with integrated payments, reducing the operator’s need for associated manpower and funding. This significantly simplified approach to roaming will allow Orascom to more quickly and profitably grow and expand into new markets.

The management and expansion of roaming services and relationships can be costly and time consuming – a situation set to become increasingly complex with the additional challenge of providing maximum roaming coverage for voice services, CAMEL, GPRS and 3G. Access to a multilateral roaming hub, such as that provided by Link2One, which comes with integrated financial reconciliation, provides a cost effective and simple solution to these growing challenges for mobile operators.

“As a leading operator with networks in 11 emerging markets, one of our key aims is to rapidly expand our networks so that we can provide high quality communications services to our customers at affordable prices,” comments Khaled Bichara, Orascom Telecom’s Group CEO. “With the Link2One roaming hub, the process of managing our roaming relationships and operating our roaming business is greatly simplified, allowing us to expand our coverage more rapidly and focus on getting new services to market faster.”

Ralf Weigand, General Manager at Link2One, concludes: “This deal allows Orascom Telecom to quickly and efficiently expand, and at the same time increases the value proposition for other Link2One hub customers who will now be able to move into, and provide access across the MEA region. This agreement is testament to the value of the roaming hub proposition. It will mark the 220 network milestone for Link2One and clearly establishes the business as the world’s fastest growing multilateral roaming hub.”

By Angela Meadon