|February 03, 2000|
FIDO EXTENDS WORLDWIDE ROAMING CAPABILITIES TO CHINA
|Microcell customers now have roaming ability in more than 60 countries|
Now it's easier than ever to connect with family, friends and business contacts while travelling in China. Microcell Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microcell Telecommunications Inc., today announced that its worldwide roaming capabilities have been extended to China.
The roaming agreement with China Mobile Communications Corp., signed by Fido's network provider, Microcell Connexions, opens the most populous country in the world to Fido(r) subscribers. Customers can now be reached at their regular Fido number while travelling in China.
"The connections between China and Canada, in terms of commerce and family ties, are immense," said Kathy McLaughlin, Vice-President and General Manager, Western Region, Microcell Solutions. "Now Fido customers can be connected to China in an exciting new way-a wireless way."
Major cities covered by the roaming agreement include Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xian, Guangzho, Kunming, and Hangzhou. In all, 31 provinces are covered by China Mobile's network.
Fido already offers seamless roaming throughout much of Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, and many other countries. In total, Fido customers can use their Fido Service in more than 60 countries around the globe and in more than 3,200 cities and towns throughout the United States.
Fido customers have access to affordable and user-friendly worldwide roaming, thanks to the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM), the most widely used standard in the world. Microcell is the only wireless operator in Canada that operates on GSM technology, the definitive worldwide standard for wireless communications. Fido customers simply insert their own Fido smart card into a GSM handset that works on the particular frequency of the country they are visiting, and receive all airtime charges on their regular monthly invoice.
According to the GSM Association, there were more than 254 million GSM customers in the world at the end of 1999, including approximately 37 million in China.