, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – Integrated communications services firm Telkom Kenya has announced the activation of an instant roaming service for its Orange GSM subscribers.
The enhanced international roaming service branded Orange Roaming will now enable Orange subscribers to enjoy seamless voice and sms services in more than 200 destinations worldwide.
Speaking when he confirmed the activation of the new roaming service, Telkom Kenya Chief Executive Officer Mickael Ghossein said the service had been developed as part of a strategy to enhance the range of value added services for Orange subscribers.
Orange Roaming, he explained, has been affordably priced with the most competitive tariffs in the local market.
“Following the launch of the enhanced Orange Roaming service, our subscribers can now keep in touch in almost any part of the world using their local Orange line,” Mr Ghossein said.
“Through the extensive network of Orange roaming agreements across the globe we are most likely the only network with such an extensive seamless reach.”
As a value added service, Orange subcribers travelling abroad can use the services of another foreign operator where Orange has a commercial roaming agreement in place to permit this.
Among other value added services, Orange subscribers enjoy the aptly branded Orange World service which is a GPRS/WAP based internet service. On Orange World, subscribers enjoy a wide range of useful information, cool ringtones and wallpapers to personalise their mobile phones and a comprehensive offer of exciting entertainment contents.
Orange subscribers also enjoy the Hello Tunes ring back service which allows callers to enjoy personalized music or voices as they wait for the subscriber to pick the call. The launch of the new service for Orange Mobile subscribers comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement confirming the commencement of 3G trials ahead of a scheduled commercial deployment.
To rollout the 3G network, Orange is partnering with Ericsson the world\’s leading provider of 3G and provider of support for networks with over one billion subscribers. Ericsson will provide a complete end-to-end solution for the Orange 3 G network including network design, implementation, rollout, testing and operational support.