Saturday, 23 May 2009

Lycamobile joins top-up forum – UK

British ethnic market MVNO Lycamobile UK, which has used the Orange network since launching in September 2008, has announced that it has joined the Electronic Top-Up forum as a sub-licence holder.

Being a member of the Electronic Top-Up forum confers several benefits upon Lycamobile and its customers, such as being able to top-up their SIM cards wherever the Electronic Top-Up forum logo is shown. Lycamobile will also be permitted to use the Electronic Top-Up forum logo in all new media campaigns, correspondence and communications.

Commenting on the news Managing Director of Lycamobile UK Rob Beswick said: “We are delighted that our customers can benefit from the convenience of topping up their Lycamobile at the majority of UK retailers displaying the green electronic top up logo. We strive to offer our customers extensive options for topping up their Lycamobile and we are proud our customers can top-up at over 115,000 nationwide retailers.”

Friday, 22 May 2009

Baraka sign MVNO roaming agreement with DiGi Telecommunications – Malaysia

Baraka Telecom has announced that it has signed an MVNO roaming agreement with Malaysian MNO DiGi Telecommunications.

The agreement between the two companies will see Baraka Telecom gain access to DiGi Telecommunication’s GSM network for a period of three years, with the option existing to extend the deal for a further two years.

Baraka Telecom will reportedly be operating under its own brand name in Malaysia and will offer voice, SMS and data services.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Virgin Mobile subscribers get free music downloads – India

Virgin Mobile India has announced that it has entered in to an agreement with QuickPlay Media to develop and launch a music download service for the MVNO which is to be entitled ‘Vmusic’.

‘Vmusic’ will cover a wide variety of Indian and western music and will include over 100,000 tracks from major music labels such as Sony BMG. The service will be free for one year to Virgin Mobile subscribers who use the recently launched vJazz handset.

Announcing the agreement between the two companies QuickPlay Media, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Purboo said: "The collaboration with QuickPlay (and) Virgin Mobile India will transform their customers' mobile experience by providing them with access to music. By working with QuickPlay, Virgin Mobile India also ensures expansion of its multimedia services to meet customer preferences."

Virgin Mobile France launches Comedy Club tie-in handset – France

Virgin Mobile France, which is owned by Omer Telecom a joint venture between Carphone Warehouse and the Virgin Group, has announced that it is releasing a special edition version of the Sony Ericsson G705.

The limited edition handset is the result of a partnership with the Jamel Comedy Club television show, which pits young stand-up comedians against each other. The special Sony Ericsson G705 is adorned with a unique black and red colour scheme. The handset will also come with bespoke Jamel Comedy Club wallpapers, ringtones and the 10 best stand-up routines from the show on a 1 GB memory card.

The MVNO, which has used the Orange France network since its inception in April 2006, has also set-up an online comedy competition where potential comedians can upload their own videos to the site. The competition will be open until June 15th and the winner will be given the chance to perform on state at the club.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Rumours persist that Blyk will halt further European expansion – The Netherlands

Advertising focused MVNO Blyk, which allows users to receive free minutes and texts in return for receiving targeted advertisements, has apparently put on hold its plans to introduce its service to the Dutch and Belgian mobile markets.

Although media reports are rife about the supposed curtailing of its European expansion plans Erik Kip, Chief Executive Officer of Blyk Netherlands, neither confirmed nor denied the rumours. He released a statement saying that there was no other news than what was already said in February and that plans to enter the Dutch and Belgian mobile landscape remain unchanged, with a tentative launch date scheduled for H209.

Yes Telecom to cut staff – UK

British former MVNO Yes Telecom, which is owned by MNO Vodafone, has announced that as a consequence of a business review it will make 15 staff redundant.

The plans were announced to Yes Telecom staff at their Manchester headquarters although Vodafone and Yes Telecom refused to divulge specifics regarding the redundancies.

Commenting on the news a Vodafone spokesperson said: “Vodafone and Yes have recently undertaken a comprehensive review of the Yes business. As a result, Yes is making some changes to its structure so that it can manage the challenges of the current trading environment while continuing to provide its customers and partners with the best possible service. We anticipate that 15 people are likely to leave the business.”

Hong Kong registers decline in MVNO subscribers – Hong Kong

According to the telecom regulator of Hong Kong, OFTA (Office of the Telecommunications Authority), the total number of mobile subscribers in Hong Kong has increased from 10.72 million in February 2008 to 11.49 million in February 2009. Also, the number of prepaid users increased to 5.35 million, from 4.99 million a year earlier. However, the country has witnessed a decline in MVNO subscribers to 769,509 in February 2009 from 776,958 a year earlier.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Videotron reports increase in subscriber base – Canada

Despite the adverse economic environment, Videotron, a Canadian integrated telecommunications company, claims to have achieved growth in the number of subscribers for its major services. Videotron added mobile services to its portfolio in 2006 by launching as an MVNO over Rogers Wireless network. Since then the company has added around 68,015 mobile phone subscribers that include 4,613 added since the beginning of 2009.

Monday, 18 May 2009

NRJ Mobile to issue customers free annual cinema pass – France

French MVNO NRJ Mobile, which uses the Orange France network, has announced that it will offer new subscribers to its “Forfaits Double Jeu” package a one off annual cinema pass.

The deal will allow eligible customers free entry to Gaumont and Pathé cinemas for a period of one year. The promotion will run between June 3rd and August 18th.

The company’s packs starts at EUR 1 (USD 1.35) and come bundled with handsets such as Sony Ericsson W380, W350, F305 and Samsung J600.

The new scheme will be available online, as well as through Carrefour, Credit Mutuel and CIC. The subscription plans are available under various schemes that include one hour of calls together with unlimited SMS to all networks for EUR 21.90 (USD 29.56) per month on a two-year contract, two hours of calls for EUR 26.90 (USD 36.31) and four hours of calls for EUR 36.90 (USD 49.81). The monthly cost will increase by EUR 5 (USD 6.75) for one-year contracts.