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The Bridge Alliance (originally the Bridge Mobile Alliance) is a business alliance of 35 major mobile telecommunications companies in Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. The alliance is built on seamless service connectivity and a suite of integrated value-added services for all alliance members' subscribers while roaming on each other's networks. The concept is similar to that of the FreeMove alliance in Europe, with whom the Bridge Alliance has a partnership.
Established on 3 November 2004, the alliance originally comprised Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and four companies, namely Bharti Airtel, Globe Telecom, Optus and Telkomsel, as well as Maxis Communications and Taiwan Mobile, enabling it to gain a foothold in the mobile markets of Singapore, India, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan.
The alliance expanded between 2005 and 2015 to also include Hong Kong CSL in Hong Kong, CTM in Macau, SK Telecom in South Korea, Advanced Info Service (AIS) in Thailand, MobiFone in Vietnam, Telkomcel in Timor-Leste, Airtel in Bangladesh, Airtel in Sri Lanka, the African operators of Bharti Airtel in Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, SoftBank Mobile in Japan, Saudi Telecom Company in Saudi Arabia, VIVA in Bahrain, VIVA in Kuwait and Avea in Turkey.
At present, the Bridge Alliance members have over 750 million subscribers in 35 markets.
- Bridge Alliance and the Global M2M Association collaborate to drive worldwide growth in M2M and Internet of Things markets
- Avea, the mobile unit of Türk Telekom Group, joins forces with Bridge Alliance. Avea will be the first mobile operator in Turkey to become the latest member of Bridge Alliance.
- Airtel Africa joins Bridge Alliance
- Bridge Alliance welcomes Airtel Bangladesh on board
- Bridge Alliance welcomes Telkomcel as its 13th member
- Bridge Alliance expands into Vietnam and welcomes MobiFone as their 12th member
- Bridge Alliance and Softbank Mobile formed a business partnership to expand their Enterprise offerings
- AIS and Globe offered Bridge VoiceSMS Roam, one-rate voice and SMS roaming price plans, across APAC
- Bridge AsiaRoamData SIM service had an expanded coverage to 11 countries
- Bridge Alliance launched one-flat rate, daily unlimited data roaming plan across all Bridge Alliance member countries
- Bridge Alliance launched capped plans with one-flat data roaming rate across 11 territories
- FreeMove and Bridge Alliance established partnership
- Two new members added - SK telecom and AIS
- Bridge Alliance welcomes CTM as its newest operator member
- Bridge and SingTel launched their first regional mobile gaming competition
- CSL joined Bridge Alliance
- Seven leading Asia Pacific mobile operators formed region’s largest joint venture mobile company
- FreeMove and Bridge Mobile Alliance to establish alliance-to-alliance cooperation, Bridge Mobile Press Release, March 27, 2007
- Seven leading Asia Pacific mobile operators to form region’s largest joint venture mobile company, Bridge Alliance Press Release, November 3, 2004
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