Friday, 9 October 2009

Cofetel Commissioner looks for new MVNOs in 2010 – Mexico

Disappointed with the lack of competition in the Mexican mobile market, Cofetel’s Commissioner Jose Luis Peralta has been quoted by Total Telecom as promising changes to current MVNO legislation. New legislation is now expected for 2010 which will streamline the process for authorising an MVNO and resolve issues around porting numbers.

The Mexican mobile market is dominated by Telcel with a 72% market share as of Q4 2008. Although MVNOs are allowed in the country not one has launched commercially even though there are 3 other MNOs who could host them. In the 2nd half of 2008 number 2 MNO, Movistar, grew its subscriber base by over 1 million subscribers. This rate of growth potentially indicates that the 2nd place operator would rather win its own 100% business from Telcel rather than venture with MVNOs. The 3rd and 4th place operators seem to have their own network infrastructure issues to deal with too before they let MVNOs onboard. Nextel operates an iDEN network and IUSACell is in the process of building out a GSM network in favour of its current CDMA network. Any real movement in regard to MVNO launches will probably require a regulatory push aimed at Telcel.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Cablecom appoints new VP of Marketing – Switzerland

Quad-play provider Cablecom has appointed a new Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Koen Verwee will take up the role in December. Verwee is currently Vice President of Market Development at Telenet Belgium.

Hans-Peter Nehmer, Director of Corporate Communications is also due to leave Cablecom at the end of 2009. Franco Gullotti will take up the vacated position in 2010.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Reb Bull goes online with potential MVNO – Austria

Red Bull’s Austrian division has bagged itself an online mobile offering at www.redbullmobile.com. The site is registered within Austria and references activities to be expected of an MVNO.

A more active operation can also be found at http://www.redbullmobile.at which details subscriber tariffs and claims to have 99% network coverage. What is apparent is that there is a new MVNO in Austria, currently though there is no news as to who the network partner or MVNE is when the service was launched (if it is definitely active).

MVNOs spreading for PLDT Global Corp – Asia and Europe

Napoleon Nazareno, President of PLDT, has been quoted by BusinessMirror, stating that there will be no more MVNO launches by the company until 2010. PLDT are reportedly working on deals in Japan, Macau, Taiwan and Europe, all of which are expected to be signed off within 2009. In Japan the service is being held up by regulatory issues.

As an MVNO PLDT targets Filipinos working abroad and is already active in Hong Kong, Singapore and Italy. The company hit USD 40 million in revenue last year and is targeting USD 60 million for 2009 having successfully launched in Italy.

mBank Mobile seeks to port subscribers in – Poland

Polish MVNO mBank Mobile ran a promotion from 6th October through to 12th October. Subscribers new to the network who ported in their numbers will receive special calling rates. Those benefitting from the offer will receive voice calls from 19 cents (USD 0.06), SMS for 10 (USD 0.04) cents, MMS for 20 cents (USD 0.07) and a free Internet package.