German operator 1&1 tapped Orange to provide international roaming services, completing a missing piece of the puzzle in its move to become a full MNO.
Orange stated the agreement covers provision of 5G, VoLTE and a range of value-added services for 1&1, which aims to commence mobile services on its own network in mid-2023.
1&1 CEO Ralph Dommermuth said the mobile service will follow the launch of home broadband services by the end of this year, with all Orange-powered roaming services to be available when it completes the transition from MVNO to MNO.
Orange said it would provide 1&1 a “one-stop-shop roaming experience”, covering next-generation mobile technologies, along with customisation options and anti-fraud technology.
1&1 began trialling its network earlier this year, but revealed progress in meeting domestic 5G coverage targets had been hampered by global supply issues.
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