Enterprise-focused operator Vodafone Americas has announced it is to launch an MVNO targeted at its multinational (MNC) customers either based in the US or with a strong presence in the country. The telco said the service, to be launched in the latter part of 2015, will be offered under an MVNO with the T-Mobile US.
European-based MVNO Lebara has announced the launch of its service in Saudi Arabia over Mobily’s network. The provider, named Lebara Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), was granted the licence as part of the Saudi regulator’s attempt to shake-up the country’s telecoms market by ordering each of the three operators to host an MVNO.
Sweden-based operator Tele2 has announced it is to launch a 4G-only network in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2015. The move will mark the telco’s transformation from an MVNO to an MNO in the Dutch market.
The process of consolidation following the acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica has begun with the announcement of a non-binding “Letter of Intent” between Telefónica Germany and German MVNO Drillisch for the latter to buy yourphone, which is currently a sub-brand of E-Plus.
A new MVNO has launched on Sprint’s mobile network in the USA, with the promise of requiring zero credit checks for its customers. Madstar Mobile piggybacks on Sprint’s cellular network, and subsequently promises 3G or 4G LTE to more than 96% of the USA population.
It has been reported that BT has run into technical difficulties that are delaying its planned return to the consumer mobile market. As reported by the Telegraph, the telco has encountered problems in the technology designed to direct voice and data traffic over wifi rather than 4G.
Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) has begun services in Saudi Arabia. In a shake-up to the kingdom’s mobile market, the Communication and Information Technology Commission of Saudi Arabia (CITC) has ordered each of the country’s three mobile operators to host an MVNO to boost competition.
Hofer, the Austrian branch of Aldi, is reportedly entering the mobile market in January with its own mobile service offering. It would replace Yesss!, the MVNO Hofer announced it was dropping last December, although the contract is still valid until the end of this year.
Three Wholesale has confirmed that it is hosting a new SIM-only MVNO on its network. JOi Telecom, which will serve the UK and France markets initially, launched today and is the consumer-focused, SIM-only mobile brand of parent company ACN Europe. Lynda Burton, Director for Three Wholesale, is excited by the new business model JOi will [...]
African airline Kenya Airways this week entered the communications service provider sector after striking an MVNO agreement with African and Asian emerging markets carrier Bharti Airtel.
Mobile company Truphone, which is actively seeking to distance itself from the MVNO tag, this week joined the GSMA as an Associate Member, under the ‘Application Developer’ category.
The UK Post Office has announced it will become and MVNO later this year, using the EE network, in a move that couldn’t be more symbolic if it tried.
The European Commission has announced the conditional approval of Telefónica’s bid to acquire German operator E-Plus, almost a year after the deal was first announced, which will result in the merger of Germany’s third and fourth-largest operators and reduce the total number of operators in the country to three.
Specialist mobile entertainment and streaming music firm Rok Mobile has unveiled plans to launch an LTE MVNO in the US in June bolstered by 20 million on demand audio tracks.
UK MVNO Samba Mobile has closed down its business due to unsustainable mobile data costs. The service launched in July 2012 offering subscribers free mobile data usage in return for viewing adverts and ran on 3UK’s mobile network. It’s a business model several have tried and none have yet succeeded with.
James Tagg, CTO and Founder of Truphone, talks to MCI about building a next generation global mobile network and disassociating the company from the MVNO label.
Virgin Mobile is preparing to launch an MVNO in Saudi Arabia after the country’s regulator the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) issued the firm with an MVNO licence for the country, according to local reports.
A Dutch startup has turned to crowdsourcing to raise the €200,000 it requires to launch as an MVNO in the country.
Japanese vendor NEC this week made available what it claims is the world’s first virtualised Mobile Virtual Network Operator platform (vMVNO), running in a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environment.
Co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has joined UK upstart and “ethical MVNO” The People’s Operator (TPO) as co-chair and board member. Wales has also acquired a strategic stake in the MVNO.