Motorola and Ericsson have joined South Asia’s mobile alliance, a move that may help position their growth in the region. The alliance serves 69 million customers in eight countries. The size of their investment has not been determined and the joint venture is also in talks with telecom firms in Japan, South Korea and Thailand to broaden its reach. China’s second-largest telecom equipment maker, ZTE Corp., also participated in the joint venture.
Bridge Mobile Alliance groups Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.’s mobile operator, its Australian unit, India’s Bharti Group, Globe Telecom Inc. in the Philippines and Indonesia’s PT Telkomsel. Taiwan Mobile, Maxis Communications Bhd of Malaysia and Hong Kong’s CSL Ltd. also are members of the venture that is allowing roaming customers to top-up their pre-paid cards in other regional markets. Continue