Three of the world’s largest mobile operators, Telefónica Moviles, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) and T-Mobile, have announced they are to join forces in a bid to offer their customers an improved array of products and services in all the countries where they are present. The partners have said that they will develop a range of joint solutions combining the technological and commercial strengths of the three companies. Their first venture will be to establish, via roaming agreements, new joint offers in voice, data and internet services, which will be aimed at both the residential and business markets. They claim they will be able to offer simplified tariff schemes and the capacity for consumers to access their normal services, regardless of which country they are in. For example, subscribers will be able to recharge their pre-paid accounts whilst abroad. Between them Telefónica, TIM and T-Mobile currently have almost 162 million customers across 25 countries, comprising 101.1 million subscribers in western Europe and the Mediterranean basin, 14.4 million in eastern Europe, 36.6 million in Latin America and 9.9 million in the US.