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 Thursday, May 01, 2014

The fledgling market for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the Czech Republic continues to grow apace in 2014, following the setting up of no fewer than 50 MVNOs and other secondary brand offerings in the latter stages of last year, according to a report from the Czech News Agency (CTK). Some of the more notable newcomers to the Czech mobile market – which was only opened up to virtual players in late-2012 – include BLESKmobil, Gorila Mobil, Tesco Mobile, Mobil od CEZ, Lama Mobile, Euro Operator and recent addition, betting firm Sazka.

BLESKmobil was the first to hit the ground running, thanks to a hosting deal with mobile network operator (MNO) Telefonica O2 CR. According to CTK, the MVNO segment accounted for some 700,000 users at 31 December 2013, equivalent to 5% of the total mobile market. Along with BLESKmobil, Telefonica O2 CR also has network hosting agreements in place with the likes of Tesco Mobile, Mobil od CEZ and another newcomer, Bonerix. Meanwhile, Vodafone CR also supports MVNOs and works with mobile virtual network enablers (MVNEs) such as Quadruple, and third player T-Mobile CR utilises an agreement with GTS Czech to allow it to set up wholesale arrangements with smaller companies. Furthermore, keen not to be left behind the three incumbents have established their own ‘no-frills’ secondary brandings to exploit niche market segments. T-Mobile has a successful ‘Kaktus’ brand with 35,000 subscribers, Vodafone has relaunched ‘Oskarta’, and all three MNOs are gearing up their 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) rollouts.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:10:50 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 21, 2014

China’s first wave of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) have announced successful tie-ups with network providers, although commercial services are not expected to be available until mid-2014, the Global Times reports. Electrical appliance retailers and handset manufacturers Suning Commerce Group and Gome have each signed deals with China Unicom and China Telecom, as has Telling Telecommunication Holding. Suning, along with several unnamed companies, is also in close talks with the nation’s largest provider by subscribers, China Mobile, although the cellco is yet to finalise any deals. Zhu Jun, a senior official at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), explained that each prospective MVNO must partner with at least two network operators, but expects most to look for agreements with all three. The regulator is planning to hand out MVNO concessions later this year, with some eight companies expected to be awarded the first set of licences.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, February 21, 2014 3:44:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 31, 2014

Virgin Mobile plans to launch operations in Mexico and Brazil this year. According to a Telefonica Mexico statement, Virgin Mobile has already started to expand its business structure in Mexico with a focus on sales, marketing and customer service. Virgin will start to commercially provide its mobile services in Mexico over the next few months, once it receives approval from telecoms regulator Ifetel, said Virgin Group founder and CEO Richard Branson.
 
Virgin Mobile will provide its MVNO service in Mexico using the Telefonica network. Back in November 2013, Virgin Mobile signed an agreement to purchase network capacity from Telefonica Mexico.

On 23 January, Virgin Mobile Brazil requested an MVNO licence from telecoms regulator Anatel and is awaiting regulatory approval for its services launch in the South American country. Virgin has already signed a partnership agreement with Vivo, and will provide its MVNO services using the Telefonica/Vivo network.

Across Latin America, Virgin provides MVNO services in Chile, Colombia.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, January 31, 2014 3:47:31 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, October 31, 2013

Following on from reports in May 2013, Yonhap News Agency is reporting that approval has now been given for a scheme under which mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) will be allowed to sell their services via the state-run postal service provider. It is understood that the decision is squarely aimed at enhancing the sales network for the country’s MVNOs, with a view to lowering calling rates sector-wide. When the news first broke regarding the proposals earlier this year, South Korea’s virtual operators were said to be offering their services at just 408 outlets, a figure representing just 0.2% of the 20,000 shops in which the incumbent mobile network operators were selling their services at the same date.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 8:54:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Porto Seguro, the first company to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in Brazil, had reportedly signed up 61,811 subscribers by 31 May this year, up from 8,300 accesses at end-2012 and just 2,000 in July 2012. TeleGeography notes that in August 2011 Brazil’s industry regulator Anatel issued MVNO authorisations to insurance group Porto Seguro and niche player Datora Telecom, both of which are using TIM Brasil’s network infrastructure to host a service. Porto Seguro paid BRL27,000 (USD16,900) for three permits to provide services across the country. The operation is led by Safe Harbor Telecommunications, a partnership between Porto Seguro and Chiacomm of Brazil, the holding company that owns Datora Telecom. Datora also acts as a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) for the service. PrepaidMVNO notes that Datora had 4,250 customers of its own at 31 May 2013, up from 1,000 in February. Datora Mobile (Sermatel) launched its operation in November 2012 for the machine-to-machine (M2M) segment.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:13:34 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Saudi Arabia's telecommunications regulator has awarded three new MVNO licences. Of five applicants, the winners were Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa, which will launch on STC's network, Lebara on Mobily's network and Axiom Telecom on Zain's network, the Saudi Gazette reports. Local companies FastNet and Safari were the losing bidders. Saudi Arabia will become the second of the six Gulf Cooperation Council members after Oman to allow MVNOs.

The CITC did not state when the MVNOs would launch services, only that the winners now had 90 days to provide the necessary documents to move to the next phase of obtaining their licences. The aim of the new licences is to lower prices, improve customer care, increase job opportunities and stimulate competition in the sector, the regulator said.

Source: Telecom Paper.

 

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 7:15:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 24, 2013

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is proposing to conduct a two-year trial to allow MVNOs. The new proposal is an attempt to increase competition on the Chinese telecommunications market which is dominated by three firms. Companies wanting to operate an MVNO must have telecommunications experience and a team of over fifty people, the Shanghai Daily reports. Telecommunications carriers Chine Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom are required to provide bandwidth at fair prices. Interested parties can lodge feedback on the proposal until 6 February.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 9:50:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has quashed speculation that it is looking to shake up the United Arab Emirates’ wireless market by licensing mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). ‘There are no plans for MVNOs. We are happy with the current structure of the market,’ local newspaper The National quotes Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the TRA, as saying. Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) and Du are the country’s sole mobile operators, between them accounting for around 13.01 million wireless subscribers at 30 September 2012, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Etisalat is the market leader, although the incumbent has seen its share steadily eaten away since its only rival launched in February 2007, leaving Etisalat with 54.2% of the market at the end of Q3 2012, down from around 60% a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 11:02:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012

Solavei, a social network and commercial platform provider, has launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in Puerto Rico over the network of T-Mobile, in a partnership with the cellular operator which also covers the US. Solavei’s MVNO offering is based on an unlimited service plan costing USD49 a month, including national voice, text and data for mobile phone users based in Puerto Rico.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:35:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 29, 2012

European pre-pay mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lycamobile has launched its low-cost wireless services in Portugal, according to a report by PrepaidMVNO. ‘Launching into the Portuguese market is a milestone. It cements our coverage of the European population and puts us on track to reach our goal of being in 25 countries by 2013,’ commented Lycamobile Group chairman and founder Subaskaran Allirajah, adding: ‘Our EUR150 million [USD193 million] investment over the past decade has enabled us to move fast. We are very excited about bringing this proposition to Portugal residents and their friends and family overseas.’ Lycamobile was established in 2006, and since then has launched in 15 markets, namely: the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Australia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Ireland.

Source: Telegeography.

Europe | Mobile | MVNO
Monday, October 29, 2012 10:38:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Hong Kong's mobile user base grew to 15.81 million in July from 15.79 million in March, according to figures from the Office of the Communications Authority (Ofca). Of the total, 8.39 million were prepaid users and the number of postpaid users stood at 7.42 million. The number of 3G/4G customers grew to 8.72 million for the month from 8.54 million in the previous month. Furthermore, 1.27 million mobile users connected through an MVNO. The total number of SMS sent dropped to 460.83 million, or 34 per subscribers, versus 490.21 million, or 37 per subscriber, a month earlier. Mobile data usage grew to 659.2 MB per customer in July from 642.8 MB per customer in June.


Source: Telecompaper.

Mobile | MVNO | Traffic
Monday, October 29, 2012 10:28:19 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

UK-based mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile Chile is reportedly growing at a rate of 20,000 subscribers per month, according to the company’s CEO Juan Antonio Etcheverry as quoted by TeleSemana. The MVNO launched operations in April this year, having signed an agreement with the Chilean unit of Spain’s Telefonica. Virgin is set to capitalise on Chile’s competition regulations – which from January this year prevented cellcos from locking handsets to a single network – and the recent introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) by concentrating on SIM sales. The cellco claimed to have signed up 36,000 subscribers to date.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:52:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
UK-based cellco Virgin Mobile is expected to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Poland as part of a move to expand its footprint into Central and Eastern Europe. Having signed an agreement to use the infrastructure of P4, which operates under the Play banner, Virgin expects to launch commercial services by the end of the summer this year, rpkom reports. In a statement from the company, Virgin said that Poland had an ‘attractive and accessible telecommunications market which offers significant potential for MVNO growth.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:33:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) I-Mobile Plus, a subsidiary of Samart Corporation, has been awarded a five-year contract by state telco TOT for exclusive rights to 40% of 3G network capacity to be resold to end-users under TOT’s new business model. As reported by the Bangkok Post, TOT board chairman Panthep Chamrasromran announced that I-Mobile Plus must pay TOT a guaranteed minimum revenue of THB156 million (USD4.9 million) for the first year and THB476 million for the second, and the MVNO is targeting 860,000 3G subscribers in the first year of operations and 1.81 million in the second year. Previously, Samart I-Mobile (I-Mobile 3GX’) was amongst a group of five MVNOs reselling 3G services over TOT’s HSPA network under one-year contracts, alongside Loxley (i-kool), IEC Technology (IEC 3G), 365 Communication (365 3G) and M Consult Asia (Mojo 3G).

Mr Panthep confirmed TOT is also in talks with Loxley to retail 20% of 3G network capacity, while for the remaining 40% of capacity, he said that TOT would not require a guaranteed minimum revenue; prospective MVNOs for this portion include IEC Technology, 365 Communication, M Consult Asia, Acumen and Jasmine Telecom Systems.

Panthep also said TOT aims to increase its number of 3G base stations from a current 2,300 to 5,320 in October. TOT has site sharing agreements with Advanced Info Service (AIS) covering 800 base stations, and an additional 300 shared sites agreed with True Move. TOT’s board will discuss a second phase of 3G network expansion on 26 July.

Source: Telegeography.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:45:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Europe’s largest pre-pay mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) by subscribers, Lycamobile, has rolled out services in Ireland, claiming to offer affordable, low cost international mobile calls for as little as EUR0.01 (USD0.0125) per minute (with no connection charge), and national calls for EUR0.03 a minute. In a press release Lycamobile says that in the launch phase it will offer a number of introductory ‘Pay As You Go SIM’ offers in Ireland that will be tailored to deliver a range of voice, data and SMS text propositions. In addition to its low cost calls prices, the MVNO says its new business model will offer ‘free unlimited’ 3G internet connection and text messages for just EUR0.09 to national and international numbers. To complete the suite of offers Lycamobile customers will also get unlimited free on-net calls and SMS.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:58:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

Golan Telecom and HOT Mobile, the wireless unit of Israeli cable operator HOT Telecommunication Systems, have separately announced the commercial launch of mobile services in Israel, reports Haaretz. Both companies are offering services over third-generation networks, having emerged as the two winners of 3G concessions auctioned by Israeli authorities last year. Golan, which was awarded its 3G permit after a number of other would-be players failed to meet the financial obligations of the licence, has struck a deal with existing cellco Cellcom in order to ensure wide network coverage at launch, while HOT Telecommunication Systems, which acquired iDEN wireless trunking operator MIRS Communications in July 2011, is partly utilising Pelephone’s infrastructure. The new network launches come a day after Alon Holdings Blue Square Israel introduced its low-cost mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) YouPhone.

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Broadband | MVNO | Operators
Friday, June 22, 2012 3:10:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Saudi Arabian telco Etihad Etisalat, which trades as Mobily, has awarded India-based software vendor Xius a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) management contract. With the Saudi government preparing to offer its first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences, network owners such as Mobily need to be ready to host resellers. Mobily has therefore contracted Xius to deploy its Mobile Services Platform infrastructure and framework. Mobily is the second largest cellular operator in Saudi Arabia, with 21.3 million subscribers and 37% of the overall wireless market at the end of 2011, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 2:56:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The National Authority for Management and Regulations in Communications (ANCOM) has published a set of regulatory guidelines to pave the way for the introduction of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) into the Romanian wireless market. The new document explains the practicalities of authorisation, the allocation of numbering resources and the conclusion of agreements with mobile network operators, within the context of the current regulatory framework. Access agreements concluded between the existing operators and any prospective MVNOs must allow for an ‘efficient economic use of the network’, and contain non-discriminatory conditions in terms of quality of service (QoS). Further, terms must not limit the commercial autonomy of the MVNO, nor its capacity to change host operators, nor conclude agreements with several operators. Since the MVNOs will not hold frequency usage rights in view of the provision of mobile communications services, they will not pay fees for the use of the radio spectrum.

Interestingly, ANCOM says that a total of 17 operators currently authorised to provide electronic communications services have expressed an interest in operating as MVNOs, suggesting that an influx of internet service providers (ISPs) into the mobile market could be on the cards. In addition, earlier this year it was reported that any international companies unsuccessful in buying Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequencies in ANCOM’s imminent spectrum auction will be encouraged to negotiate deals with the winning bidders and enter the local market as MVNOs; the likes of US-based AT&T Inc, China Mobile and Norwegian giant Telenor have all been linked to the LTE tender.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, on 21 August 2008 ANCOM opened up non-geographic numbers in the 0ZA = 070 sub-domain for the allocation of MVNOs, which was expected to pave the way for the introduction of virtual operators in the country. Numbers were expected to be allotted in blocks of 100,000, but the scheme never came to fruition. Last year, citing the 15th annual report by the European Commission (EC), ANCOM suggested that of all current EU member states, only Romania and the Czech Republic do not allow MVNOs to operate in their respective wireless markets, although the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) is currently believed to be in the process of implementing similar legislation.

Source: TeleGeography.

LTE | MVNO
Friday, June 22, 2012 11:54:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The introduction of a fourth player to Egypt’s wireless sector is reportedly closer to taking a step towards reality, with the National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) indicating that it is preparing to accept tenders for a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licensee. According to a report by Ahram Online, the watchdog aims to form a committee and define the necessary regulatory framework for the introduction of virtual operators within three months.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the odds of further competition being introduced to the country’s wireless sector in the form of a new network operator have been somewhat played down in recent years, with May 2011 seeing claims that in the wake of the country’s political upheaval the government would hold off on licensing a new player. Communications minister Magued Osman at that date noted: ‘There are a lot of changes in Egypt now and we are not sure whether launching a new licence at this moment is the right decision from the economic point of view.’ The prospect of opening up competition via the introduction of MVNO’s has, however, been seen as a possibility, and one of the most likely bidders for a concession is fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE). Indeed, reports in July 2011 cited the telco’s chairman Akil Beshir as saying that his company was continuing to discuss the possibility of acquiring an MVNO concession, with the executive cited as saying: ‘Many people do not expect this government to take a major decision like introducing an MVNO, but we keep working on it.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 10:55:36 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Russian mobile giant MegaFon has revealed plans to launch a Time-Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network in Moscow to complement its existing 4G MVNO arrangement with Scartel (Yota). According to Interfax, MegaFon has already deployed over 300 TD-LTE base stations in the capital, but is unable to launch commercial services as the regulator forced it to relinquish spectrum in the 2.57GHz-2.62GHz band, as utilised by its subsidiary Synterra, in preparation for the long-delayed frequency auction.

Meanwhile, MegaFon’s LTE MVNO is poised to go live in Moscow on 14 May, after launching in Novosibirsk during the last week of April. Going forward, unconfirmed press reports have also suggested that the network will launch in Krasnodar this week. Cities including St Petersburg, Samara, Vladivostok, Ufa and Kostroma have all been earmarked for 4G connectivity by the end of 2012.

In related news, last week saw MegaFon announce the launch of Russia’s first ever LTE-suitable tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Branded ‘LTE MegaFon Edition’, the new product will only be available in MegaFon retail stores.

Source: TeleGeography.

CIS | LTE | MVNO
Friday, June 22, 2012 9:44:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 24, 2011

­Saudi Arabia has no plans to license any more mobile networks in the country, but will permit the launch of MVNO based services from next year.

Communications and Information Technology Minister Muhammad Jameel Mulla announced the plans for MVNOs at a press conference. Mulla also underscored the efforts made by the Ministry to improve communications services during the Haj season in order to meet the growing requirements of the millions of pilgrims who visit the country.

He also refuted complaints that the mobile networks were struggling financially in the country due to competition. He said the license value paid by the three mobile phone companies was almost similar and there is no point in blaming either the ministry or the Communications and Information Technology Commission on it.

Whether the mobile networks will be forced to allow MVNOs onto their network was not however clarified.

Source: Cellular News

Thursday, November 24, 2011 2:59:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, November 07, 2011

UK-based Virgin Media has announced that it will launch wireless services in Chile as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in the first quarter of 2012. Late last month Virgin received approval to offer services from the telecoms regulator Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel).

Virgin will use the network of Spanish-based Telefonica Moviles Chile, which operates under the Movistar brand. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the UK group is expecting to invest between USD20 million and USD25 million into its Chilean operations, and has its eyes on expansion elsewhere in the region with Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico high on the list of target markets.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, November 07, 2011 8:29:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, August 08, 2011

Arcep is the telecom regulator in France which revealed that the number of SIM cards in use exceeds the population in the whole of France. As on end of June, there were 66 million SIM cards in use in the country, representing a 101.6% population penetration level while the annual growth reflected 6% over the past four quarters.

The number of flat rate accounts that include M2M and internet access cards sustained a rise of +7.2% over the previous years. The growth rate was a tad slower though, in view of the previous quarters that produced 8% to 9% growth over the last five quarters. On the other hand, the last six months has seen a 4.1% growth rate in prepaid cards as compared to Q2 2010 for the same period.

There were 5.9 million cards ending the last quarter with regard to the number of M2M (machine to machine) and 3G data only SIM cards being used, representing 8.9% of the total base, and fuelled by a rise by 260,000.

Powered by an increase of 190,000 customers, the residential market grew slightly during the quarter while the increase in the number of MVNO customers over the past three months has yet again, offset network operators’ losses.

Source: Wireless Federation

Monday, August 08, 2011 9:55:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 10, 2011
Spain lost around 100,059 mobile lines in April, bringing the total mobile base to 54.92 million, up by 4.5 percent over the same month of 2010, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT.
 
The MVNOs added 84,700 net lines in April, Yoigo had 40,080 net additions, while Orange lost 23,310 users. Vodafone shed nearly 131,120 customers, while Movistar also lost some 41,510 users in the period. The M2M sector went up by 22.1 percent over the same period last year, to over 2.35 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 57.27 million. Spain ported around 384,087 mobile phone numbers in April, up by 9.1 percent versus the same period of 2010. Yoigo, the MVNOs and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 44,026 net users, the MVNOs added 12,418 users, and Orange won 23,239 ported customers. Movistar shed 51,460 users, and Vodafone lost nearly 28,223 customers in the month.
 
Spanish operators added 17,961 broadband users in April, reaching a total base of 10.86 million lines, up by 7.3 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 23.1 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 1,170 connections or by 7.1 percent over the same period of 2010, reaching a total of 8.77 million lines at the end of April. Some 8,324 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 2 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines dropped by 81,599, to 19.60 million lines at the end of April. Fixed penetration decreased to 41.7 lines per 100 inhabitants in April, versus 42.5 percent in the year-earlier month. Around 153,945 fixed numbers were ported in April this year, up by 12.2 percent from 137,160 fixed numbers ported in April 2010.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, June 10, 2011 11:50:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011

­A brief flurry of statistics was published by the French telecoms regulator without any commentary, but revealed that France had 64.4 million SIM cards in late December 2010. The annual growth rate was around 5% for three quarters, and the penetration rate is almost 100% at the end of 2010 (99.7% to be exact.

The MVNO market share (6.5% against 6.3% in Q4 to Q3) increased with a net growth of 241,000 customers this quarter, representing 14% of the total growth of the 4th quarter 2010 in France.

With 31.1 billion SMS messages sent, the success of SMS continues. Portability has reached 733,000 numbers to the last quarter and 2.28 million over one year (+ 33%).

Source: Cellular News

Monday, February 07, 2011 12:05:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 23, 2010

Macedonia's Transport Minister Mile Janakeski is quoted as saying the government is looking to open up the domestic telecoms market to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). In a statement posted on the Ministry website Janakeski said: ‘To enable this service, the interconnection fees charged by the mobile operators were lowered earlier this month.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in August this year national regulator the Electronic Communications Agency (AEC) announced it was reducing the cost of retail prices of mobile telephony services, effective from September 2010, in the wake of a May decision to cut the wholesale prices that domestic cellcos pay for the use of each other’s networks. In addition, the AEC ushered in another condition for domestic cellcos, under which they will have to rent out their infrastructure under previously determined prices, in a move designed to make the market more attractive to a fourth mobile operator, or MVNO – something the government has been pursuing for more than 18 months.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:43:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 26, 2010

­Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) are set to take off in Latin America as mobile markets mature, new regulations come into force and more network operators open to MVNOs to fuel growth. "MVNO subscriptions in Latin America will grow at a CAGR of 28% to 6.6 million by 2013," says Júlio Püschel, senior analyst and head of mobile operator strategy at Informa Telecoms & Media.Püschel is presenting Informa Telecoms & Media's latest research on MVNOs at Informa's MVNO Forum 2010, which is being held in SãoPaulo, Brazil on May 26. "The MVNO market is at an early stage in Latin America, with only around 20 active MVNOs in the region, out of 550 MVNOs or resellers worldwide," Püschel says."However mobile growth is slowing in Latin America, with mobile penetration rates already above 100% in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, and at close to 90% in Brazil. "Forward-looking operators now see MVNOs as a good opportunity to grow subscriptions and revenues in new market segments."

The MVNO market is a particularly hot topic in Brazil, where regulator ANATEL plans to launch new MVNO regulations this year. "This is an important step in Latin America's largest mobile telecoms market," Püschel says. "The regulation will open the door to MVNOs in Brazil, which will force all operators to review their MVNO strategies and plans. Some operators are reluctant to open to what they consider new competitors, but others are embracing MVNOs as a growth opportunity. Our research on the global MVNO market shows that operators that open to MVNOs will be the winners."

Püschel will provide an overview of the MVNO market in Latin America and globally. "Latin America represented a small share of the world's 104 million MVNO subscriptions in 2009, but will play a bigger role going forward," notes Püschel. "The MVNO market is already a reality in Latin America, with MVNOs including Fecosur in Argentina, Cablevision and Maxcable in Mexico, and Telefonica del Sur in Chile. But the number of MVNO operators and subscriptions is set to jump as mobile markets mature and new MVNO regulations come into force," Püschel says. "Mobile network operators in Latin America need to develop the right wholesale strategies now or risk losing subscriptions and revenues to competitors."

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:12:02 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has signed a MVNO agreement with Richard Branson's Virgin Group offering prepaid services. The service offers a simple all-day tariff, sweeping away the confusion of peak and off-peak rates and also provides 180-day airtime - the longest-lasting mobile airtime validity in Qatar.

With this launch, Virgin Mobile Qatar will be the eighth Virgin Mobile branded operation in the world, following on from launches in the UK, Australia, USA, Canada, France, South Africa, and India.

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman and Founder of the Virgin Group of Companies, said: "Virgin Mobile is the fastest-growing and most successful business in Virgin's history, with more than fifteen million customers around the world. Virgin Mobile Qatar is an entirely new type of mobile experience, which everybody can start enjoying from today. I am proud to have partnered with Qtel to make Virgin Mobile Qatar our first mobile launch in the Middle East, and I would like to invite the people of Qatar to come on in and enjoy the fun. We're open!"

Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 05, 2010

According to local newspaper JoongAng Daily, citing the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), a bill passed last week by South Korea’s National Assembly will pave the way for the entry of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). ‘Any company can pursue such a business if it meets the criteria,’ said Shin Yong-seop, communications policy director at the KCC. ‘The bill will take effect in September, and we will be drawing up criteria to select new operators.’ The report says that regulator has been working to reform South Korea’s mobile market for some time, criticizing KDDI, SK Telecom and LG Telecom for charging excessively high prices and spending too much on marketing efforts that do not add quality to their services.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, March 05, 2010 11:02:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 12, 2010

Spain added 300,649 mobile lines in December, bringing the total number to 52.88 million, up by 4.6 percent over the same month of 2008, according to the monthly report by Spanish regulator CMT. Over the last three months, Orange won 32.91 percent of the total new additions, Yoigo 21.87 percent, Movistar 19 percent, while Vodafone won 14.88 percent and the MVNOs won 11.33 percent in the period. Mobile penetration reached 114.6 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 110.2 in December 2008.

The M2M sector went up by 25.7 percent over the same period last year, to over 1.84 million lines. The growth of the M2M sector brings the total number of mobile lines to over 54.73 million. Spain ported a record 429,974 mobile phone numbers in December, up by 13.7 percent versus the same period last year. Yoigo, the MVNOs and Orange saw a positive balance in portability, while Movistar and Vodafone registered a negative balance. Yoigo won 33,933 users, the MVNOs added 13,422 users, and Orange won 17,543 ported customers. Movistar shed 28,241 users and Vodafone lost nearly 36,657 customers in the month. Spanish operators added 63,722 broadband users in December, reaching a total base of 9.74 million lines, up by 7.6 percent year-on-year and a penetration of over 21 lines per 100 inhabitants. The number of DSL lines rose by 53,476 connections or by 8.2 percent over the same period of 2008, reaching a total of 7.88 million lines at the end of December. Some 10,246 cable modem lines were added in the month, reaching a total of 1.86 million lines. The overall number of fixed lines rose by 13,224, to 19.85 million lines at the end of December 2009.

Fixed penetration reached 43 lines per 100 inhabitants, versus 43.9 in the year-earlier month. Around 136,322 fixed numbers were ported in December, up by 20.9 percent versus 112,775 fixed numbers ported in December 2008.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, February 12, 2010 11:07:07 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The number of active mobile virtual operators in the Netherlands at the end of Q3 was down by two compared to Q1 to a total 47. The virtual operators had 3.1 million customers at the end of September, up slightly from six months earlier, according to Telecompaper's latest report on the MVNO market. The share of VO subscribers, as a percentage of the entire mobile market, declined to 14.6 percent versus 16.9 percent a year ago, and was stable compared to March 2009.

The report finds that despite the effects of the economic crisis, regulation and competition, the VO market remains dynamic with more new entries and exits. Niche players, organisations with a large customer base and investors interested in exploiting the difference in wholesale and retail voice prices are attracted to the market, while mobile network operators see wholesale as a high-margin business and a way to sell excess capacity and target niche markets. Telecompaper sees data services as a still under-exploited area for virtual operators, but they will face high wholesale prices and will have a hard time entering the competitive market. The upcoming spectrum auction planned for early 2010 in the Netherlands may help some of the current VOs stay in business and new players enter the market.

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Source: TelecomPaper
Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:01:19 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 28, 2009

 

At present, MVNOs are predominantly a feature of well-developed telecom markets – most notably in Western Europe, North America and a small number of other countries.

While MVNOs have succeeded in growing their share of these mature markets, the growth trend is obscured when looking at the global picture. Worldwide the statistics show that the growth in MVNO subscribers has not kept pace with the overall growth in wireless subscribers. But this is misleading. Globally, growth in wireless subscribers has been driven predominantly by explosive growth in a small number of developing countries, such as China, India, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam and Pakistan. These are countries in which MVNOs are either prohibited or at a nascent stage of development.

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In 2003, Western Europe and North America accounted for well over 90% of all MVNO subscribers and, despite some growth elsewhere, these two regions still account for over 80% of the total. TeleGeography’s latest research predicts that MVNO growth will gain momentum all around the world over the coming five years. 'As markets approach maturity and as regulatory regimes look to increase competition and to better serve diverse populations, MVNOs will be allowed to launch services in many new countries,' said TeleGeography senior research analyst David Leach. While they will continue to account for only a small percentage of wireless subscribers, TeleGeography forecasts this will be a growing market niche. 'Future MVNOs can learn from the successes and failures of the past five years, and as they do, we predict that the global MVNO subscriber base will more than double in size over the next four years,' added Leach.

Source: Telegeography

MVNO | World
Monday, September 28, 2009 7:59:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

According to new figures from Hong Kong's telecoms regulator OFTA, the number of 3G mobile service users in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) reached more than 2.8 million at the end of 2008, up by 40% from around two million at the beginning of the year, and around 1.3 million at end-2006. OFTA's figures show a corresponding drop in users of 2.5G mobile services, which it said numbered less than 100,000 at end-2008, down from 1.2 million at the end of 2005. TeleGeography's GlobalComms database notes that there are four players in Hong Kong's UMTS-based 3G market, Hutchison Telephone Company (3), CSL New World Mobility, SmarTone-Vodafone and PCCW Mobile, with Hutchison leading the field by a clear margin with 1.34 million W-CDMA/HSPA subscribers at the end of December, up from 1.08 million at end-2007 (representing just under half of the company's total customer base).

OFTA also reported a more than 15% rise in the SAR's number of subscribers to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in 2008, which reached a total of 834,000 by end-December, up from 724,000 a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Asia-Pacific | MVNO
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:39:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 06, 2009

India’s Telecom Commission has set $17.02 million as the price for MVNO licence in India. The Commission also confirms a pre-defined fees an operator will have to pay for individual service area of 10% of the amount that UASL holders pay. MVNO licences for the A category will cost $1 million whereas category B and C circles will be priced at $0.60 million and $0.20 million respectively. MVNOs will also have to pay spectrum charges and a bank guarantee equivalent to 5% of the amount paid by the full network operators.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Friday, March 06, 2009 4:21:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |