The evolution of the MVNO: Why now is the time for brands to take control

When the MVNO model first appeared, it was predicted that a wave of non-telecom B2C brands would seize the opportunity to diversify into mobile. With a few high-profile exceptions, the wave never came. The challenges were significant, not least  dependency on an often-inflexible relationship host network, and the complexity involved in building and managing the systems needed to make the service work.

By Bart Weijermars, 21 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Google, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Sky Mobile secures rights to use O2’s 5G network early

Sky Mobile has extended is MVNO agreement with Telefonica to ensure it has access to O2's 5G network when it’s ready to go live.

The mobile subsidiary of Sky’s business launched in 2016 and has seen explosive growth since in part due to its bundles with other services. Few companies are in a position to offer attractive quad-play bundles of broadband, landline, TV, and mobile services.

While research shows the consumer appetite for quad-play bundles, the lure of 5G services may tempt customers...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Why the end of European roaming charges will spur new service innovation

After a protracted regulatory effort, the European Union has finally abolished mobile roaming charges. As of June 15, mobile network operators can no longer charge customers a premium for calling and using data while travelling in any of the 28 EU countries.

This is great news for European consumers, holidaymakers and business travellers who will not have to suffer “bill shock” when they return home. Mobile phone bills loaded with exorbitant roaming charges have a way of making the post-holiday...

By Martin Lund, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Customer Service, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators.

Lycamobile launches 4G data services across Spain

International mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lycamobile has expanded its operating network agreement with Telefonica to launch 4G data services across its Spanish network, providing improved service to its 1.9 million existing customers.

Allirajah Subaskaran, chairman at Lyca Group, said: “The introduction of 4G services in Spain demonstrates our commitment to Lycamobile customers in the country, who will benefit from the availability of fast, high-quality data.

“With approximately 10% of...

By Telecoms, 29 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: MVNO, Networks.

Telstra delivers on its promise ahead of schedule – opens 4G network to MVNOs

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Last year, Australian telecommunications giant Telstra promised to open its 4G network to MVNOs as of June 2016. In a refreshing outcome, the company has delivered on its promise ahead of schedule. 

Telstra's 4G network reaches 92 percent of the Australian...

By Ryan Daws, 28 April 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Hutchison offers £3bn of its network to woo EU regulators in O2 takeover

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Regulators are concerned about Three’s £10bn pound bid for O2 due to a reduction of players in the market; which could lead to less competition and increase consumer prices. The deal, if approved, would also leapfrog Three from the smallest mobile operator in the UK, in terms of subscribers, to the biggest in one fell swoop.

Hutchison, who owns Three in the UK, has...

By Ryan Daws, 07 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

UK watchdog clears BT and EE for controversial merger

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BT announced its £12 billion plan to acquire the country's biggest mobile network operator back in February. The planned merger between EE and BT has been the subject of much discussion as to whether it would lessen market competition, but the deal overcame its biggest hurdle today after gaining watchdog approval. 

In a 15-page...

By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Regulation.

Shareholders approve £12.5 billion union of BT / EE

As if there would be any doubt, BT's shareholders have agreed to the telecommunication giant's £12.5 billion deal to acquire EE from Deutsche Telekom. Of course this is by no means a confirmation the union will go ahead as it will first face an uphill battle against regulators to provide their blessing for the disruptive union. 

EE is currently the largest mobile operator in the UK, and the deal would allow BT to offer the first true quad-play packages of broadband, mobile, TV, and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Regulation.

Three's 800MHz and VoLTE rollout increases coverage and call quality

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Hutchison-owned mobile operator, Three, has announced their rollout of low-frequency 800MHz spectrum and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) technology which will begin in September 2015. The announcements will benefit customers and MVNOs which use Three's network with increased rural coverage and higher-quality voice calls.

Three's current LTE network uses the 1800MHz frequency...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

BT to kick-off its 4G mobile service this week

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BT has a history in the mobile market since BT Cellnet - a company which launched the world's first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) back in June 2000. BT Cellnet was spun-out to become O2, which was subsequently sold to Telefónica in 2005 for £18 billion. With the rise of interest in "quad play" packages, BT has been looking to re-enter the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

Editorial: Strategic review of digital communications market

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Around the world the telecommunications market is going through a period of significant change with technologies such as small cells, the rollout of LTE, the exploration of 5G, and even new ideas such as the Internet of Things and the smart cities born out of it.

One of the digital communications markets...

By Ryan Daws, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Broadband, Consumers, LTE, MVNO, Operators, Regulation.

MWC15: Panasonic becomes a MVNO

“When most people think of Panasonic, they think of televisions” is the honest claim made on-stage by an exec from the Japanese firm at Mobile World Congress. It’s a humble start, just before the company paves the way forward for the IoT with the launch of their own MVNO service.

Partnering with Vodafone, Panasonic says it will offer connectivity to their customers in over 40 countries for one flat tariff. This will ensure all their devices which would benefit from being connected to the...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, IoT, M2M, Machine Learning, MVNO.

Opinion: Three UK is armed for a Clash of MNOs

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Three took advantage of 3G to become the UK's first commercial video mobile network, and has since kept its image as the underdog which relies on unique offerings to differentiate. Now the UK mobile telecoms industry is set for a major shake-up, and Three knows it has to make preparations or risk being left behind.

With telecoms giant BT set to...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, MVNO, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Having an OTT service as a carrier… WhatsApp with that?

Let’s talk about WhatsApp. The popular OTT messaging service – acquired by Facebook for $19bn – has officially made good on its plans to launch as a carrier.

Launching in Germany with carrier E-Plus, the formed MVNO is selling a 10 euro prepaid SIM which comes loaded with the same amount of credit alongside unlimited free access to WhatsApp.

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

China takes on MVNO, shakes up telco market

In late December, MIIT, China’s telecom regulator, issued licenses to 11 non-telco companies as MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), opening a new era in an otherwise rather monolithic market.

Given a large population and dissatisfaction of the incumbent telcos, MVNO represents a force of disruption and new energy for growth. MIIT estimates MVNOs could reach 50 million customers or 3% of China’s total cellphone population by 2015, and reap 1% of total mobile revenue which is in tens of...

By Dr Lin Sun, 14 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: China, MVNO, Networks, Operators.