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New for December 2016:

Worldwide MVNO Directory November 2016: 4th edition - more companies, more contacts and now with e-mail addresses and subscriber numbers!

Free downloadable whitepaper: When should an MVNO invest in technology?


24 November 2016:

Yota to sell Sims, devices in Eldorado shops
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian LTE MVNO Yota, working on the network of mobile operator Megafon, has signed a contract with retail chain Eldorado, reports

Yesss! brings in unlimited LTE tariff
Telecompaper (subscription)
Austrian discounter MVNO Yesss!, operating on the network of A1, is introducing a service providing unlimited data at up to 21 Mbps on the LTE ...

23 November 2016:

Cdiscount enters French mobile market with EUR 2 tariff
Telecompaper (subscription)
... launched a EUR 2 mobile tariff on 22 November based on a partnership with MVNO Euro-Information Telecom, which trades under the NRJ Mobile ...

Austrian portal recommends buying handsets separately
Telecompaper (subscription)
... the competing entities analysed include their own low-cost brands, such as Yesss, eety and Telering, as well as numerous MVNO discounters.

Orange to become Spain's most used mobile network in January
Telecompaper (subscription)
... including 15.84 million of its own mobile brands and M2M lines, plus 1.92 million MVNO customers and 3.3 million Yoigo users in the parts of Spain ...

22 November 2016:

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market to Exceed US$ 75.5 Bn by 2023 – Credence ...
PDF Devices
According to a new market report published by Credence Research, Inc., “Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Market (By Subscriber (Consumer

DoT to offer mobile virtual network operators licences from December
An MVNO offers telecom services without owning spectrum or network infrastructure and relies on the network of its partner telecom company to ...

21 November 2016:

MTN targets 'household names' for new MVNO business
Telecompaper (subscription)
MTN South Africa is set to help launch consumer brands as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), according to the company's CEO Mteto Nyati, ...

TIM CEO confirms forthcoming launch of low-cost MVNO brand
Telecompaper (subscription)
The chief executive of TIM (Telecom Italia) has confirmed recent reports that the operator is set to launch a low-cost MVNO brand to counter the ...

Thailand's SIM to end network agreement with TOT
Telecom Asia
Thailand's biggest MVNO Samart i-Mobile (SIM) has revealed plans to end its agreement with state-owned TOT to provide services over the operator's ...

Allo Incognito launches new LTE unlimited plan
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian MVNO Allo Incognito, working on the networks of operators Beeline and Megafon, has introduced to subscribers its new 'Forsage Unlimited' ...

19 November 2016:

Verizon Is Optimistic about Licensing Wireless Agreements
Market Realist
It's optimistic about the business of licensing wireless agreements because it can provide an opportunity for growth, especially when its MVNOs ...

DataWind to launch SIM card service soon; set to offer Reliance Communications 'free' internet ...
Financial Express
Low-cost tablet manufacturer DataWind Inc is expecting to receive its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licence in the next few weeks and hopes ...

17 November 2016:

Why John Malone thinks cable and wireless networks are destined to consolidate
Those agreements, known as mobile virtual network operator agreements — or MVNO's — allow a cable provider to essentially rent a specified ...

Spain's Tuenti launches new voice bundles
Telecompaper (subscription)
Telefonica-owned MVNO Tuenti has launched three new voice-only bundles to complement its range of data-based offers. The new bundles come ...

Two firms in race to be Singapore's fourth telco
It also sells mobile services as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) for Optus and Vodafone and offers WiMAX services. It has more than 1.8 ...

16 November 2016

Sberbank to launch MVNO in mid-2017
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian bank Sberbank plans to launch an MVNO by mid-2017, reports citing Lev Khasis, the vice-chairman of the bank's board. In October ...

iGEM Acquires Globalgig from Voiamo
Marketwired (press release)
"When we discovered Globalgig, with its existing network of 13 MVNO agreements and 100-plus country mobile footprint, it was obvious that the ...

PlusNet Mobile network launches on 29th November
It started out as a a Phones4u MVNO operating on the EE network in January 2013 but P4u went bust the following year. EE purchased LIFE from ...

Aiva Mobile expands services to more regions
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian multi-service operator MTT has announced that its full MVNO Aiva Mobile has expanded the coverage of its services. Services from the ...

New MVNO agreement with 88mobile
Artilium signs new MVNO agreement with 88mobile for its mobile enablement services. Artilium signed a new contract with the MVNO 88mobile for the ...

The MVNO Whitepaper

What qualifies as part of this industry?

Mobile virtual network operators, the ‘virtual’ part is crucial to defining what this industry off-shoot is all about. The starting point is to think of a normal mobile network operator such as Vodafone or T-Mobile. Now take away the actual network, as in the towers and the infrastructure needed to make a call jump from your mobile phone to the person you want to speak with ...

What makes an offer successful?

Conventional Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as subscriber numbers are not a helpful measure of success in the MVNO sector, as the owners may judge success either in terms of profitability or as enhancing their retail brand. This would be the case for Rami Levy in Israel or Tesco in the United Kingdom. Indeed, in the context of a large retail group, the MVNO element may be seen as part of its overall value added proposition, and not as a stand alone division or profit centre. 'Success' for Sainsbury in the United Kingdom will be a very different sort of success for that required - and expected of - Virgin Mobile in South Africa.

Thinking of launching your own network?

The idea sounds great - diversify your business and bring in another revenue stream by targeting your existing client base or a niche no one else has seen ... MVNOs are evolving: checkout the free whitepapers, notably 'The multifaceted world of MVNOs: Growth and challenges ahead' and 'Revival of MVNOs 2013-2018'. There are also briefing papers on two major markets; the Middle East and Latin America.

Thinking of hosting virtual operators on your network?

Push or pull, one way or another these ventures make it onto a network's infrastructure. It is clear that where operators compete against each other new ventures can find their way into the market. Your choice is whether to embrace this form of agency sales or to battle your competition who will ...

Vendor thinking of targeting this new market to you?

There are over 800 established mobile networks in the world to sell your systems and technology into. The latest 'MVNO Directory' details 633 additional networks you could be targeting ...



A pile of SIM cards: the mobile industry is formed of mobile network operators; mobile virtual networkwork operators (MVNOs) and resellers.


The rationale for setting-up an MVNO varies by organisation, and a common error is to assume that the number of subsribers is a meaningful measure.


The MVNO business model is evolving and there are some useful whitepapers available that chart this evolutionary process going forward

The MVNO Directory provides an invaluable snapshot of virtual operators globally