Ever wondered why when you travel abroad and then switch on your mobile phone it takes so long to obtain service? Depending on how frequently you travel, you may notice that it takes several minutes before your phone obtains a connection. In some cases it can take significantly longer and you are left looking at your device screen, wondering if those service bars will ever actually appear. When they eventually do, your reaction is probably one of relief where your conclusion is that being a roamer, it simply takes time for you to connect with a foreign operator.
Carriers have a long history of partnering to route traffic across the globe. Operators work with local providers to terminate rural calls. Organizations maintain multiple partnerships to manage mobile roaming and drive revenue. Today we are seeing a new breed of partnership based not on extending regional coverage, but instead on improving technical capabilities.