• Globe widens reach to Italy with new unit

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    Globe Telecom Inc. has widened its scope of services with the creation of Globe Mobile Italy S.r.I. (GMI), making it one of the members of the Globe group of companies. GMI will handle the offering of various telecommunications services such as voice, short messaging service (SMS), multimedia messaging service (MMS), load top-up and mobile data in Italy.

    “Globe is very excited to set foot in Italy with the establishment of Globe Mobile Italy S.r.l. and the unveiling of services for the local Filipino community,” said Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe senior vice president for International Business.

    Globe said that with this development, Italy becomes the sixth country where the company currently has a robust retail presence, which also includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

    Globe also said that it continues to expand its international network by extending the reach of its international inbound calling offer called DUO International, to serve overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and Filipino migrants in Canada as well as their contacts in the Philippines.

    Besides Canada, DUO International is also offered in the US, UK and Korea. Recently, the telco opened UK Globetel Ltd., a member of the Globe group of companies, to handle the offering of various telecommunications services in the UK.

    Coinciding with the establishment of GMI is the launch of the Globe local Italy SIM, a prepaid mobile service powered by the synergy between leading Italian mobile network virtual operator Compagnia Italia Mobile S.r.I., and network enabler Effortel Technologies, a Belgium-based network enabler company.

    About 200,000 Filipinos living in or visiting the Italian Republic can now use the Globe local Italy SIM for their daily communication needs, having access to competitive domestic mobile rates as the service offers bundles that include all net voice, all net SMS and mobile data.

    In addition, Globe customers can keep in touch with friends, family and associates in the Philippines. With 5-euro cents per minute, it is the most affordable service from an Italian mobile operator for calls to Globe and TM subscribers in the country.

    Italy-based Filipinos can also have access to competitive domestic mobile rates, because the Globe local Italy SIM offers bundles which lets them call and exchange SMS to all Italian mobile networks as well as connect to the Internet with affordable mobile data charges.

    Globe aims to provide the best connectivity offers to over 11 million Filipinos overseas.

    “Italy is home to Filipinos who are permanent migrants or working in a variety of sectors. They have already embraced Italy as their second home but continue to find ways and means to keep in touch with family in the Philippines,” Eala said.

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