Orange has teamed up with Globe Telecom in the Philippines to launch an international voice service.

The aim of the partnership is to offer a potential customer base of over two million Filipinos living and working abroad contact with family and friends at home.

The service is delivered via the France-based operator’s Libon app. Libon-to-Libon calls are free, while Globe is offering 1,000 minutes of other calls for $25.99 (€23).

The companies claimed it was 67 percent cheaper than any other app-to-Globe Telecom rates for international calls on the market.

Managed by Orange’s wholesale division, Globe customers can get in touch with over 140 countries worldwide.

Dominic Lobo, Head of Libon, Orange, said: “This partnership builds on the quietly growing popularity of the Libon app and responds to a clear and discernible demand for high-quality and reliable voice services that offer flexibility to call who you want, regardless of handset.”

[Read more: Orange launches Wi-Fi calling in the UK through Libon]

Anne Morel, Vice President Global Carrier Sales, International Carriers, Orange, added: “Orange’s ability to marry its innovative solutions such as Libon with our credentials as a one of the world’s leading wholesale providers, places us in a strong position to form partnerships such as we have done with Globe Telecom.”

Orange marked its first growth in underlying sales for four years in the second quarter.

Like for like revenues rose 0.4 percent to €9.9 billion, with small losses in Europe offset by growth in Africa and the Middle East.

The company has targeted revenue and EBITDA growth in excess of 20 percent in Africa and the Middle East by 2018.

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