Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Mobile Partners Group gets Loxley on board for m-broadband – Thailand

Loxley has approached UK based Mobile Partners Group for their technological assistance in launching a 3G mobile broadband MVNO in Bangkok. The soon to launch MVNO is hoping to secure 30,000 subscribers to the ‘i-kool 3G’ mobile broadband service and to break even within 18 months of launch.

Loxley was one of 5 firms selected by TOT to offer mobile services over the new network. The state owned MNO hopes that their new MVNO partners will assist in rapidly generating traffic and revenue over the network to ensure a good return on their investment.

Thailand’s mobile market is somewhat different to other nations. There are according to The MNO Directory (http://www.MNODirectory.com) 6 active MNO in Thailand. However, only 2 of these MNOs actually own their network. The 4 other networks have licensed spectrum and must pay for and build out their own networks - but the ownership of these networks falls to either CAT (generally CDMA) or TOT (generally GSM). Both CAT and TOT are state owned.