Mobistar Belgium and Orange Luxembourg have teamed up to be the first in Europe to allow inter-operator seamless handover between countries, allowing customers travelling back and forth between Belgium and Luxembourg to enjoy continues voice and data connectivity when crossing the border. The new technical functionality and cross border optimization will be very attractive for commuters because they can avoid roaming costs as they pass the border, said Mobistar.
Mobistar said that it has identified 60k customers who will benefit from this service on a regular basis.
The cost of the phone call will remain the same as in the country where the call started, for the entire call. For instance, a call by a Mobistar customer that originated in Belgium while travelling to Luxembourg will be considered a domestic call during the entire conversation. In this case, for customers who have a subscription with unlimited calls, these conversations are included in their bundle and generate no additional costs.
Typically, mobile phone calls are interrupted when crossing a border because the mobile loses its connection with the network of origin. Customers need to wait until their phone connects again, this time to a local network before being able to make a call again.