Globe Telecom claims world’s first LTE roaming service

Philippine operator Globe Telecommunication is claiming to be the world’s first operator to launch LTE roaming services.

Through the service Globe subscribers will be able to roam with partner operators abroad and experience the same LTE data usage as they can in LTE covered areas of the Philippines.

Globe’s has initially partnered with China Mobile Hong Kong for the service and is also expecting a deal with Korea’s SK Telecom soon.

"We are very pleased to be the first operator to launch the LTE data roaming service with Globe in Hong Kong. We look forward to Globe subscribers travelling in Hong Kong to roam with us and enjoy our superb high-speed 4G LTE network," said Sean Lee, director and CEO of China Mobile Hong Kong.

Globe said that it has many more agreements planned to expand its LTE data roaming coverage.

It is working with IPX providers Sybase, Aicent, Syniverse, CITIC, Tata and BICS to enable partnerships with operators in Australia, Singapore, US, Japan, Canada and the Middle East, and expects to confirm these in the coming months.

Globe launched its LTE network last September covering 45 sites in Makati City with plans to quickly expand to cover Manila, Cebu, Davao and other select regions. By the end of the year the operator plans to expand to 4,000 sites from the over 2,700 it has now.