Swedish carrier Telia expands HomeRun roaming to Austria: HomeRun has quietly built up a pan-European roaming network that is a sign of things to come in an EU world. The latest agreement gives HomeRun subscribers access to Metronet, which has 280 locations in Austria. Roaming on Metronet will cost 2.40 Swedish Krona, or about US$0.30, per minute.
HomeRun has its own hot spots at 410 locations in Sweden, and 90 in Finland, Norway, and Denmark, and roaming agreements with British Telecom in the UK and Megabeam in Italy. Users can also freely roam onto Sonera's service in Finland.
Interestingly, the Metronet arrangement relies on the GSM Association's standards for wireless LAN roaming, the press release noted. The GSMA had a breakout meeting of its WLAN roaming group at the 802.11 Planet conference in Boston last month, and carriers are obviously interested in making this kind of fee arrangement and roaming simpler.