Bridge: a new mobile alliance of seven cellcos

3 Nov 2004

Seven Asia-Pacific mobile operators have formed a regional mobile alliance, Bridge, which will seek to achieve economies of scale for its members. Moreover, a Singapore-based subsidiary Bridge Mobile, will be a commercial vehicle in which the seven cellcos will jointly invest to build and establish a regional mobile infrastructure and common service platform, enabling the creation and seamless delivery of mobile services across national borders. Over the next three years Bridge Mobile is expected to invest USD30 to USD40 million. The seven – Bharti (India), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), Optus (Australia), SingTel (Singapore), Taiwan Cellular Corp (Taiwan) and Telkomsel (Indonesia) – have a combined customer base of 56 million.