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Kenya Airways becomes MVNO

Kenya is getting a new MVNO

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.

Truphone joins GSMA

Truphone is keen to lose the MVNO tag

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.

Post Office to get into the MVNO game via EE

Still trusted after all these years

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.

Telefónica acquisition of E-Plus gets conditional all-clear

Cleared at last

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.

Rok to launch LTE music MVNO in US

Rok Mobile will launch in June

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.

Samba Mobile closes down

Samba Mobile has announced that it has closed down its business due to unsustainable mobile data costs

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.

A network without borders

James Tagg, CTO and founder, Truphone

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 prepares Saudi MVNO launch

Virgin Mobile is preparing to launch an MVNO in Saudi Arabia

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.

Dutch startup turns to crowdsourcing for MVNO project

Crowdfone is to be crowdfunded

A Dutch startup has turned to crowdsourcing to raise the €200,000 it requires to launch as an MVNO in the country.

NEC claims first with virtual MVNO platform

NEC is virtualising the MVNO

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.

Jimmy Wales joins The People’s Operator

Jimmy Wales, has been appointed to the board of The People's Operator and has taken a strategic stake in the business

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.

African MVNOs should target premium customers, says Cell C

AfricaCom is happening this week in Cape Town, South Africa

MVNOs in Africa should focus on the premium end of the market rather than offer low-cost ‘no frills’ services, according to Bjorn Florman, chief executive, wholesale business at Cell C. The South African mobile operator is one of the relatively small number of networks in the region that has wholeheartedly opened its network to MVNOs.

BT taps EE for mobile connectivity offering

BT is using EE for MVNO services

UK fixed line incumbent BT said Thursday it has signed an exclusive MVNO agreement with EE to provide mobile communications to its customers and 88,000 employees.

Australian low cost MVNO “muscled out of market” by Telstra

Kogan Mobile claims Telstra has muscled it out of the market

Australian MVNO Kogan Mobile claims it has been “muscled out of the mobile industry” by the country’s largest mobile operator, Telstra.

Vodafone launches MVNO with Sainsbury’s

Vodafone has launched an MVNO in partnership with UK retailer Sainsbury’s. The 50/50 joint venture, which will operate under the brand ‘Mobile by Sainsbury’s’ will launch later this summer, led my a management team of existing Vodafone and Sainsbury’s executives.

Facebook device launch prompts MVNO speculation

Facebook is set to launch a branded device on Thursday

Ahead of the anticipated launch of a Facebook-branded smartphone on Thursday, one industry analyst has warned of the increasing disruption that the social network could bring to the mobile communications industry. In a research note issued Tuesday, Strand Consult said that “companies such as Facebook are rendering mobile operators into dumb pipes [and] all smartphones into dumb terminals.”

Sprint MVNO brings LTE to pre-pay market

The LTE ready HTC SV will be available on Boost Mobile for pre-pay customers

Customers in the US now have more options to gain access to LTE services as Sprint’s MVNO Boost Mobile brand unveils two LTE handsets available on pre-pay. The two handsets are the HTC One SV and the Boost Force, a Boost Mobile branded Android handset. Customers buy the phones outright and then are required to pre-pay a service plan that cost $55 a month and provides unlimited LTE internet access, texts and voice.

EE announces MNVO deal; tweaks tariffs

New tarrifs and an MVNO have been added to EE's roster

UK operator EE, the Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom joint venture, has announced that a new MVNO will soon be running on its network. Phones 4u, an independent mobile retailer well-known on UK high streets, will launch LIFE Mobile in March.

Everything Everywhere offers 10-minute MVNO service

Everything Everywhere has signed a deal with MVNA Atmovia

UK operator Everything Everywhere claims that it will be able to get new MVNOs up and running on its network in just ten minutes after signing a deal with a mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA). The operator, formed by the merger between T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, is looking to grow the number of MVNOs it supports on its network and has enlisted the services of Atmovia to help out. The

The learning curve is over as Latin America gets real about MVNOs

Regional players have come to a consensus that MVNOs can bring significant benefits

After years of discussions about the potential of the MVNO business model for Latin America, it appears that regional players have come to a consensus that MVNOs can bring significant benefits to mobile operators. This was possibly the main message for the 200 delegates gathered in Sao Paulo in May for the third annual MVNOs Industry Summit. The main evidence that something is moving, and that we are finally evolving from the theory to the practice of MVNOs, is that for the first time since its inception in 2010 the event hosted several case-study presentations from regional MVNOs: Porto Seguro in Brazil, Virgin Mobile in Chile, UFF and ETB in Colombia, and FullMovil in Costa Rica.

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