SingTel GPRS Roams to India

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) becomes the first operator in the world to offer GPRS roaming services to India

October 31, 2003

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) today announced that it is the first operator in the world to offer GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) roaming services to India.

SingTel customers who travel to India can continue to enjoy mobile data services on their handsets when they roam on the networks of Bharti Cellular, the largest mobile operator in India. GPRS roaming service is immediately available in New Delhi and will extend to the other Indian cities[1] by the end of the year.

Bharti’s mobile customers who travel to Singapore and roam on SingTel’s network can also enjoy GPRS roaming services.

GPRS is an ‘always-on’ service for delivering high speed mobile data across a mobile network. With GPRS roaming, customers will be able to send and receive MMS (Multimedia Messaging), access the Internet as well as other data services and information available at the SingTel’s IDEAS portal (www.ideas.com.sg).

Mr Hui Weng Cheong, SingTel’s Vice President (Consumer Products), said: “Currently, no other GSM operator in the world has established GPRS roaming with any other Indian operators. SingTel is pleased to be the first operator to have GPRS roaming to India with our regional mobile associate, Bharti.

“India is one of the top roaming destinations for our customers. Similarly, Singapore sees a lot of visitors from India. With GPRS roaming, customers of both SingTel and Bharti can access mobile data services even when they are away from home.”

Mr Hui added: “SingTel sees an average of ten per cent growth in its GPRS roaming traffic every month and is among the top operators with the widest GPRS roaming coverage in the world.”

SingTel’s GPRS and MMS roaming services now cover 69 destinations and 68 networks.

SingTel launched its GPRS service in November 2000 and has 500,000 customers who are GPRS-enabled. Bharti rolled out its GPRS service in March 2003 and has more than 36,000 GPRS customers.

In September 1997, SingTel became the first GSM operator in the world to offer its customers roaming services to India.

SingaporeTelecommunications Ltd. (SingTel)

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