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Worldwide MVNO Directory

Cover of Worldwide MVNO Directory 2014-2015 published July 2014 with e-mail addresses

February 2016 - Management information for a niche market within telecoms

New for February 2016:

Worldwide MVNO Directory 2016: 3rd edition - more companies, more contacts and now with e-mail addresses and subscriber numbers!

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


25 October 2016

Sky enters UK quad play fray with belated MVNO launch
Rethink Research (subscription)
It is belatedly launching its own MVNO, Sky Mobile, which will run on Telefonica O2's network and will go live on October 31. Sky originally announced ... read more >>>

I-New to Present Award Winning MVNE Solutions at the WCC in Dallas/USA
I-New Unified Mobile Solutions, industry leading MVNO/E solutions provider, will present its multiple award winning products and services to the North ... read more >>>

How Will MVNOs Impact the Telecom Landscape in India?
For some time now, the government has been mulling guidelines for Mobile Virtual Network Operators, or MVNOs, and at the start of this year it issued ... read more >>>

Austrian MVNO Yesss! offers LTE tariff for EUR 10
Telecompaper (subscription)
Austrian low-cost MVNO Yesss!, operating on the network of A1 since 2013, offers the tariff LTE L s+ for EUR 9.99 a month. It includes 1,000 units ... read more >>>

Will Charter Build Out Its Own Wireless Network?
Market Realist
Charter confirmed that it's looking at the MVNO agreement inherited from Time Warner Cable and will provide an update when it's ready. read more >>>

Italy's Noitel teams up with TIM to launch broadband service
Telecompaper (subscription)
Italian MVNO Noitel has announced an interconnection agreement with TIM (Telecom Italia), allowing it to offer fibre-optic broadband services starting ... read more >>>

Aiva Mobile starts new internet options
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian MVNO Aiva Mobile, a subsidiary of multi-service operator MTT, has introduced its new mobile internet options. Two lines of mobile internet ... read more >>>

24 October 2016

What is a MVNO aka Mobile Virtual Network Operator?
For some time now, the government has been mulling whether Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs should be allowed to operate in the ... read more >>>

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week's virtual operator developments
Linz-based cableco LIWEST has become the latest company to enter the Austrian MVNO sector, it has announced, with the launch of LIWEST Mobil. read more >>>

Moffett: Comcast Verizon MVNO Plans Could Be Good for Both Companies
Telecompetitor (blog)
When Comcast a few weeks ago confirmed rumors that it would launch a wireless mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that ... read more >>>

22 October 2016

Verizon MVNO Agreements with Comcast and Charter: Peanut Butter and Chocolate or Fox in the ...
CED (blog)
As was widely reported a few weeks ago, both Comcast and Charter are looking to activate MVNO agreements with Verizon to offer their own wireless ...  read more >>>

VKontakte to launch MVNO this year - report
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian social network VKontakte plans to launch its own MVNO by the end of this year, using the infrastructure of Megafon, reports Izvestia  read more >>>

20 October 2016

Shammo: Verizon has no regrets about MVNO deals to cable companies
In 2011, Verizon acquired spectrum from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and several other cable companies in exchange for MVNO rights. Comcast ...  read more >>>

Sky's CEO drops MVNO bombshell at results conference
The Register
At the announcement of its results this week, Sky said that it was planning MVNO services based on the O2 network, which is run in the UK by ... read more >>>

MVNO Liwest Mobil enters Austrian market
Telecompaper (subscription)
Liwest Mobil, a new low-cost MVNO, has started in Austria, reports Der Standard. The service is run by the cable operator from Upper Austria Liwest, ... read more >>>

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