Etisalat, Telefonica tie up to provide LTE roaming

Etisalat has teamed up with Telefonica to provide LTE roaming experience to its customers at GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year.

Spain’s Telefonica will open its LTE roaming network to selected partner operators as part of a technology trial of its high speed data services at the event. Etisalat delegates will enjoy a seamless roaming experience during MWC being held between February 24-27. The event attracts the largest number of attendees from the global mobile industry. 

This announcement is another example of the varied and close relationship between both companies, based on an existing strategic partnership since 2011.

Etisalat SmartHub IPX was selected as a partner for the trial due to its reputation and expertise in providing 4G/LTE roaming services, voice service, signalling, messaging service, GRX data exchange between Mobile Network Operator (MNOs), Fixed Network Operator (FNOs), Application Service Provider (ASP) and Over-The-Top content players through a single connection.

Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier and Wholesale Services, Etisalat said, "It’s a matter of pride that Etisalat was chosen as one of the partner operators for the technology trial at such a global event. This will enable our visiting delegates to have a reliable and high quality LTE experience. Such a global event and visiting delegates from worldwide markets deserve world class services and connectivity. We look forward to working with Telefonica in the future for other strategic projects."

Marjolein Medendorp, International Roaming, Telefonica Spain, said, "The technology trial at MWC is vital to showcase our high speed data services to customers from global markets. We chose to work with selected operator partners to provide exclusive connectivity to their delegates. These partners are leading operators in their countries providing an entire gamut of services and solutions to their large subscriber base."

Currently SmartHub IPX has established successful partnerships with AMSix, Epsilon, Equinix, PCCW Global, SAP, China Telecom, Tata Communications, Orixcom among others.