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These news headlines are vetted to ensure relevance and at least something interesting. So you will not see stories about a slight nudge in a pre-pay tariff or a handset being added to a portfolio. We'll stick to launches, contracts and generally anything not general (or just completely mis-quoted and wrong).

December 2013

The 'Revival of MVNOs: 2013-2018', a whitepaper focusing on the revitalisation of the MVNO business segment around the globe (2014-2018) is now available for downloading here. The whitepaper notes that in the near future, the MVNO market and its entire eco-system will present lucrative opportunities for all players involved, mainly MNOs, MVNOs, MVNAs, MVNEs, FMC and Quad Play operartors, retailers and VAS application and content providers.

October 2013

Pure Talk Insists They're First to Offer Roll Over Data (October 10, 2013)

"We're selling to a market that is budget-conscious," Pure Talk CEO R. P. McFarland

EE beats O2 to BT MVNO contract (October 10, 2013)

EE has replaced Vodafone as BT’s MVNO provider as the companies sign a ‘multi-year deal’


September 2013

EE set to renew contract with Virgin Mobile? (September 11, 2013)

EE, the UK’s largest cellco by subscribers, is reported to have reached an updated agreement with cableco Virgin Media

French MVNO Auchan sold to EI Telecom (September 11, 2013)

French privately-owned retail group Auchan has sold its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business to Euro Information Telecom (EI), a subsidiary of Credit Mutuel-CIC and NRJ Mobile

NTT DOCOMO USA and T-Mobile Partner (September 09, 2013)

NTT DOCOMO USA, Inc. and T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS)today announced a new partnership to strengthen DOCOMO's network service for hundreds of thousands of Japanese expatriates in the United States

Serbia Approves Cable TV As MVNO (September 09, 2013)

Serbia's cable TV operator, SBB is due to launch a mobile service later this year, although it is being offered via an MVNO agreement

Conec 2 not in discussions with Kogan Mobile (September 09, 2013)

No negotiations with former ispONE customer Kogan Mobile to bring it to the Conec 2 stable

South Korea Subscribers Breaks 2m Mark (September 09, 2013)

According to the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, the number of MVNO subscribers reached 2.03 million as of the end of August 2013

EE wins Asda Mobile MVNO deal from Vodafone (September 06, 2013)

Supermarket to sell contract, prepay and SIM-only deals from late October, using the operator’s 2G and 3G networks

Kogan down, but cheaper rates attracting more customers to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (September 06, 2013)

In the three years to June 2013, the proportion of Australian mobile phone users aged 14+ using an MVNO increased from 9.2% to 14.3%, with the bulk of growth coming from post-paid consumers, from 5.3% in 2010 to 9.4% now

Now UK targets the youth (September 04, 2013)

Now is in talks with several retailers about new deals as it bids to target younger consumers in the UK

Oil company MOL launches in Hungary (September 02, 2013)

Oil company MOL has launched a virtual mobile operation in Hungary, offering discounts to customers who also fill up at its petrol stations.

August 2013

Aio Wireless Rolling Out Nationwide in Mid-September (August 29, 2013)

Aio, which was launched in early May in a handful of locatiions will bring affordable pre-paid plans to the masses.

Kogan Mobile customers handed a lifeline (August 23, 2013)

Deal with fellow MVNO Yatango to help its customers keep their phone number and receive one month of access free, with no strings attached.

Australia Post's push to become a telco stalls (August 23, 2013)

Stalled earlier this year, when a planned "bake-off" between Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone did not go ahead.

Ciao enters US market with mobile IPTV (August 22, 2013)

Ciao has announced its entry into the US with a mobile phone service running on Sprint. It will offer IPTV as an add-on to the offering.

Orange develops its MVNO, Wi-Fi plans for South Africa (August 22, 2013)

Orange is talking up its plans to enter the South African mobile market.

Low cost MVNO Aldi Mobile will continue to operate as usual, but Kogan Mobile will be shut down (August 19, 2013)

Aldi Mobile will continue to operate as usual, after it struck a deal directly with Telstra wholesale following the collapse of original wholesale provider ispONE.

Globalgig targets jetsetters with new global roaming data plans (August 14, 2013)

Globalgig has launched a new range of mobile data "Jetsetter" plans aimed at travellers, allowing users access to global data roaming in 10 countries for a flat fee of $19 per gigabyte (GB), per month.

"Defense Mobile" Pairs With Sprint to Provide Troops Service (August 12, 2013)

The partnership aims to provide top service and the latest 4G smartphones to military personnel

Ting counts 25,000 subscribers (August 12, 2013)

Ting confirmed that as of the end of the second quarter it had 25,000 total customers, an indication of strong momentum for the company but a paltry figure in the larger wireless landscape.

Red Pocket, an AT&T MVNO, to add Sprint services (August 7, 2013)

Red Pocket joins TracFone Wireless in offering service from more than one wireless carrier

Poste Mobile jumps ship from Vodafone to Wind (August 6, 2013)

Poste Mobile is poised to jettison its longstanding network agreement with Vodafone Italy

TextNow MVNO Cellular Service Starts (August 6, 2013)

It looks like they are stepping things up by offering a new VoIP service that utilizes the Sprint Network and seems somewhat similar to Republic Wireless.

FreedomPop Launches Its First LTE Device (August 6, 2013)

First LTE device, a mobile hot spot that works on Sprint’s 3G CDMA and 4G LTE networks

Cabovisao aiming for 2013 launch (August 2, 2013)

Joao Zuquete da Silva, director general of Portuguese cableco Cabovisao, has told online journal Sol that the company is aiming to launch.

July 2013

Buzz Me launched with Sisteer in Malaysia (July 25, 2013)

MVNE Sisteer has launched a new Buzz Me on Malaysia’s U Mobile network.

Philippines' Globe Telecom launches in the UK (July 23, 2013)

The service, which operates as UK Globetel, went live on Saturday. Its aim is to provide competitively priced international voice and messaging services to Filipinos living in and visiting the UK.

Dialogic delivers increased capacity to Teleena (July 23, 2013)

Teleena required a flexible, reliable gateway infrastructure to replace its Cisco media gateway.

Ovivo working with Amobee and Golden Gekko (July 16, 2013)

MVNO Ovivo Mobile has teamed up with a mobile advertising company and a promotions business to drive sales from its customer base.

NEO-SKY Chooses Elephant Talk's Mobile Platform to Operate its Mobile Services in Spain (July 16, 2013)

NEO-SKY, a Spanish telecommunication service provider, announced that on June 21, 2013 it started marketing its Mobile Services in Spain. Elephant Talk is a key partner for NEO-SKY's Mobile Services launch, providing its mobile Software DNA™ platform.

Sunrise snaps up Lebara (July 12, 2013)

Swiss cellco Sunrise has announced its acquisition of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Lebara for an undisclosed sum.

Auchan Telecom on the way out (July 11, 2013)

French privately-owned retail group Auchan has reportedly confirmed that it is considering selling.

FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million for Free Wireless Service (July 11, 2013)

FreedomPop is gearing up to make the jump from WiMax and hotspots to LTE and smartphones and it will have an extra $5 million in funding at its disposal for the transition.

Red Bull ZA has 120,000 subs (July 10, 2013)

Jose Dos Santos, Cell C’s chief commercial officer, commented: ‘Red Bull Mobile has made steady progress since its launch in South Africa. The current base is in excess of 120,000 customers and continues to grow’.

DataXoom Selects MTS as Their MNVE Solution Provider (July 3, 2013)

They will utilize the MTS solution to manage their gateway to multiple MNOs.

Ingram Micro Mobility hints at launch (July 3, 2013)

This is according to the distributor’s UK and Ireland vice president James Bannister, who told Mobile News the firm is seeking new ways to boost revenues in the UK.

Red Bull Mobile closing its doors (July 3, 2013)

Red Bull Mobile is no longer accepting new customers and will eventually close.

Datora Telecom, Ericsson go live with unified billing solution (July 3, 2013)

Datora says its new Ericsson-supplied unified charging and billing platform is now live.

CHT Global to Deliver Wireless Service in the U.S. on the Sprint Network (July 1, 2013)

Launching as CHT Global Mobility, the contract free service consists of a per device monthly access fee of $5.99 that includes 100Mb of data.

Sainsbury's to launch with Vodafone (July 1, 2013)

Joint venture to launch Mobile by Sainsbury’s in the UK this summer.

Your European vacation just got cheaper withDOODAD (July 1, 2013)

"The Eurotariff has been great for Europeans, breaking down the mobile barriers caused by traditionally very expensive roaming costs," explains Sarah Neill, Co-founder and CEO of DOODAD.

Wizie launches voice and data services for travel industry with Sprint (July 1, 2013)

New portable gadget acting as a wireless portable hub (3G/4G) launches.

June 2013

Cell C talking to potential key players (June 30, 2013)

Cell C is in discussion with “up to 15 companies” who are interested in launching an Mobile Virtual Network Operator.

Talkmobile to double customers to 1m by April 2014 (June 28, 2013)

Carphone Warehouse MVNO Talkmobile said it aims to double its contract customer base to one million by April 2014 by increasing its range of sub-£20 tariffs.

Kingdom awards 3 virtual telecom licenses (June 24, 2013)

Saudi Arabia has awarded the three virtual telecom licenses, with Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA) obtaining a virtual telecom license.

The People’s Operator to go on UK promotional tour (June 20, 2013)

Charity MVNO, which runs off the EE network, to crisscross 28 cities in under two weeks as it tries to get customers to switch to its network.

FNB Set To Launch Own Mobile Network (June 18, 2013)

Speculation is rife in South Africa that FirstRand, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, First National Bank (FNB), is set to launch.

A pioneering retailer rolls out in Colombia (June 11, 2013)

Éxito Mobile tapped Redknee Solutions’ cloud-based converged billing and customer care solution with the former’s launch as the first retailer-deployed mobile virtual network operator in Colombia.

Startup Zact Turns On Flexible-Plan Cellphone Service (June 6, 2013)

The Zact service runs on the Sprint network with 4G/LTE service where available in Sprint’s footprint.

Odin Mobile Announces the First Mobile Service Dedicated to the Blind and Persons with Low Vision (June 6, 2013)

"Everyone should be able to experience all of the wonderful things that go along with mobile technology, and we're thrilled to see Odin Mobile stepping up in this way to help make sure that they can," said Doug Chartier, senior vice president of MVNO, partner brands and national accounts for T-Mobile US, Inc.

Kosovo to grant virtual licence to Telekom Srbija (June 6, 2013)

The Regulatory Authority for Post and Electronic Communications (ARKEP), has reportedly granted Serbian fixed line incumbent Telekom Srbija permission to launch.

Sisteer Signs Full Agreement with Vivo in Brazil (June 4, 2013)

“This groundbreaking agreement with Vivo enables us to bring all the compelling expertise, products and services of the Sisteer Group to Brazil,” says Alain Bureau, CEO, Sisteer Group.