Friday, 25 September 2009

Lycamobile complains about T-Mobile – Netherlands

According to Trading Markets, the Dutch operation of Lycamobile has complained to the Dutch regulator regarding T-Mobile’s lack of cooperation over number portability.

The MVNO is in the process of switching host network from T-Mobile to Vodafone. The process involves new SIM cards being issued to Lyca’s subscribers and their numbers being ported away from the T-Mobile network to Vodafone’s. Lyca states that T-Mobile is simply taking too long to complete the process and alleges that over a specific week over 400 instances of delay occurred.

Virgin Mobile up 100,000 – France

In June Virgin Mobile launched a new set of call plans called Paradyse. Since the launch the operator claims that over 100,000 people have subscribed to it. Paradyse is made up of different plans ranging from a 1 hour commitment through to a EUR 89.90 per month unlimited plan. The operator has a goal of 2 million subscribers by 2010.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Primus enters into new contract with Rogers – Canada

Primus Telecommunications Canada has renewed its existing MVNO contract with Rogers Wireless and extended the depth of the agreement. The operator can now provide MVNO coverage to 94% of Canada. Primus claims that its subscribers will see service improvements from 2010.

Rob Warden, Vice President of Residential Marketing and Sales for Primus Canada, commented: “Primus is constantly striving to provide its customers with enhanced telecommunications services and the utmost in quality and service,” “Our expanded wireless offering meets our mobile customers’ needs and is a direct reflection of that commitment and focus.”

New Virgin chief sets ambitious agenda – South Africa

South African MVNO Virgin Mobile is looking to sign-up some 500,000 post-paid subscribers by mid-2011, helped by its recently introduced simplified tariffs, MyBroadband has reported.

The company claims to have doubled its post-paid subscriber base since the beginning of the year and now has around 230,000 active Virgin Mobile subscribers - a much lower figure than previously suggested by both insiders and analysts suggesting a pretty flat subscriber base of around 100,000 for the last two years.

The company is also getting closer to being cash-flow positive. Chief Executive, Steve Bailey, hopes that the company will move into the black within the next 12 months. Bailey is reported to be focusing on costs and has already reduced staff numbers from 450 to less than 200 claiming to have cut overheads by two thirds since taking over.

Bailey added that he is keen to reduce rates for all calls from Virgin Mobile and not just on-net or off-peak calls. High interconnect rates remain a problem and Bailey said he was pleased that the Government is dealing with the issue.

Virgin Mobile launched nationally in June 2006 and has experienced a series of leadership changes. Founding Chief Executive Sajeed Sacranie left at the end of November 2006 and was replaced by Peter Boyd. Boyd in turn left the following year and was replaced by current Chief Executive Steve Bailey.

Videotron signs Connectiva to prevent fraud – Canada

Videotron has signed up to use Connectiva’s ONEREViEW 5.0 platform. The integrated fraud and revenue management platform allows Videotron to monitor traffic over its wireless, Internet, and cable services. The service will help prevent revenue leakage and fraud vulnerabilities.

Yanic Brisson, Director of Revenue Assurance at Videotron, commented: “Connectiva was a logical choice for Videotron because of the options and the flexibility its application offers. With this solution, Videotron will be able to reduce fraud and will enhance the integrity of its billing chain.”

Connectiva Systems is a revenue management software company whose solutions enable telecom operators to reduce revenue leakage, minimise fraud, improve operational effectiveness and increase overall profitability.

Avi Basu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Connectiva Systems, commented: The first priority for Videotron will be to use ONEREViEW 5.0 to combat fraud and revenue leakage effectively, and increase accuracy in billing verification.”

Regulator receives 2 MVNO applications - Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge has reported that FPT Telecom and Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) have both applied to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) for permission to become MVNOs. The Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Le Nam Thang, commented that MIC will consider both applications and if they meet the ministry’s criteria they will get the licenses.

The two firms are leading IT technology firms in Vietnam and would join 7 other MNOs which are largely state owned as well as another MVNO, Indochina Telecom, which was licensed back in August of this year.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Lebara reduces fixed line prices to Eastern Europe – United Kingdom

In the run up to several national days in Europe, Lebara Mobile UK has launched a low cost calls offer to multiple Eastern Europe countries. One of which being the European Day of Languages on 26th September. The offer runs to the following countries; Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia.

Russell Atkinson, Lebara Mobile UK’s Managing Director commented: "Our service is particularly popular for calling the Eastern European countries and we have an extremely loyal customer following for this region. With the number of national events coming up, there will be a lot of people who want to call home. Our latest offer will enable these customers to stay in touch with friends and family for less."