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[Insider] U Mobile-Maxis 2G Domestic Roaming starting October

It was last reported that U Mobile submitted a request to terminate its domestic roaming (DR) agreement with Celcom Axiata Bhd in March and plans to roam on Maxis 2G network instead.

Quoting a source, the finance section of NST newspaper reported that U Mobile has given six months’ notice for the termination of its 2G domestic roaming deal with Celcom. The roaming may be terminated earlier if both parties agree to it. The source is expecting this to take place in September.

Our source indicated that U Mobile will activate its roaming service on Maxis 2G network starting 2nd October 2012. The roaming service will allow U Mobile customers to use Maxis 2G network for voice and data at no additional cost.

U Mobile already has a 10-year multi-billion ringgit agreement with Maxis on 3G radio access networks (RAN) sharing. The deal with Maxis allows U Mobile to expand its current 2,000 3G base stations to 4000 base stations by 2013. Both companies are already working on sharing some 1,300 sites in the coming months. At the moment, Maxis has some 5,200 3G sites and 7,000 2G base stations.

U Mobile last reported in May that it has over 2 million customers. The 3G operator is currently 33 per cent owned by Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia). The remaining share are owned by Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s U Television Sdn Bhd(62%) and Multi-Purpose Holdings Bhd(5%).

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