Monday, 17 October 2011

Mexico's Megacable Teams Up With Telefonica On Mobile Service | Fox Business

Mexico's Megacable Teams Up With Telefonica On Mobile Service

MEXICO CITY -(Dow Jones)- Mexican cable operator Megacable Holdings SAB (MEGA.MX) and the local unit of Spain's Telefonica SA (TEF) said Friday they have agreed to launch a joint mobile service in Mexico in an effort to gain market share in the Mexican market.

Megacable will be in harge of marketing, sales and distribution of the new venture, called Megacel, while Telefonica will provide the mobile network, the companies said. Megacel will operate as a virtual mobile network operator, or MVNO.
The companies said in a release that the new mobile service will complement Megacable's existing package that includes TV, Internet and fixed-line telephony. They didn't provide any financial details about the agreement.

Telefonica is Mexico's second-largest mobile service provider, with 20.6 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter, behind market leader Telcel, a unit of America Movil (AMX, AMX.MX), which had 67 million subscribers. Megacable is the biggest cable TV company with 1.8 million cable subscriptions, 594,000 Internet and 451,000 phone subscriptions.

Friday, 14 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 14 October 2011

Colruyt to launch new MVNO by year-end
Telecompaper (subscription)
Belgian supermarket group Colruyt wants to launch MVNO services by the end of the year, in the wake of Carrefour and Aldi with Base, and Delhaize with Mobistar, L'Echo reported. Colruyt Mobile will begin life with a budget of EUR 1.5 million. ...
Budget Mobile sees 3 mln low-cost consumers in France
Telecompaper (subscription)
Nearly 3 million French consumers have a budget profile, according to MVNO Budget Mobile, which starts its service plans at 30 minutes for EUR 2.50 a month. The operator looked at the typical profile of consumers who see a monthly bill of EUR 15 or EUR ...
Brightpoint Collaborates with MSI
It serves a wide range of industrial customers such as mobile network operators, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), resellers, retailers and wireless equipment manufacturers. Motorola Solutions,which came into existence after the spin-off from ...

Thursday, 13 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 13 October 2011

KPN shuts down Spanish MVNO unit 40 Movil
Telecompaper (subscription)
KPN provided its 40 Movil services in partnership with Spanish music radio station Los 40 Principales. 40 Movil customers are now invited to port their number free of charge to the Simyo network, which is also a KPN MVNO subsidiary.

Ensercom ends MVNE agreement with Vodafone Germany
Telecompaper (subscription)
The e-mail is sent to absolut mobil, Yukoono and MoBlack customers and offers the possibility to transfer their mobile number for free to another mobile service provider, MVNO or mobile operator. Ensercom recommends customers to change to Vodafone ...

Sim Only Provider GiffGaff Surveys UK Youth (blog)
A study conducted on behalf of GiffGaff, a sim only MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), has found that there are many unfair stereotypes levelled against the youth of today in modern Britain. While the recent riots which spread across the country ...
Auchan Telecom launches social mobile tariff
Telecompaper (subscription)
French MVNO Auchan Telecom has launched its mobile social tariff, aimed at people on RSA benefits, offering 40 minutes of calls and 40 SMS a month for EUR 8.99. To obtain the government label, such a service must cost under EUR 10. ...

Ortel Mobile launches services in Switzerland
Telecompaper (subscription)
Pre-paid MVNO Ortel Mobile, a subsidiary of KPN, has announced the launch of services in Switzerland. Ortel Mobile targets multi-cultural communities who make frequent overseas calls and already operates in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, ...

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 12 October 2011

Elephant Talk announces MVNO agreement with SpeakUp
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Oct 11, 2011 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Business software and services provider Elephant Talk Communications Corp ETAK announced on Tuesday that it has signed a Mobile Network Virtual Operator (MVNO) agreement with Netherlands-based telecoms ...
Novatel launches CMS platform for MVNO, enterprise users
Novate Wireless
Mobile data device maker Novatel Wireless has launched its enhanced N4A Communication and Management Software (CMS) 3.0 platform built for its carrier, MVNO and enterprise customers. The N4A CMS 3.0 is a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) with an ...
Selling telecommunications solutions to your IT customers
By Contributor, Wednesday, 12th October, 2011 Telcoinabox is the largest wholesale MVNO aggregator in New Zealand the solution that enables you to Bolton "telco services to an existing business”. Launched in New Zealand in 2010, the business has taken ...

Virgin Mobile France promotes Sony-Ericsson Xperia Arc S
Telecompaper (subscription)
MVNO Virgin Mobile France is selling Sony-Ericsson's Xperia Arc S featuring a 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, boosting the smartphone's power 25 percent, from EUR 1 with its Very Smartphone subscription. Echos du Net reports that it starts ...
DoT arm: 3G roaming deals by players not having spectrum are illegal
Hindu Business Line
Under existing rules, operators are not allowed to share spectrum or enter into an MVNO arrangement. Vodafone, in a letter to the DoT, said that the concerns around the roaming agreements were unfounded as it had sought clarifications on the issue ...

Tchibo Mobil celebrates anniversary with promotions
Telecompaper (subscription)
German coffee house chain Tchibo's MVNO Tchibo Mobil has announced a series of promotions, available online and in all Tchibo outlets from 10 October, to celebrate its 7th anniversary. These include the Huawei Ideos X3 smartphone in a complete package ...

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 11 October 2011

Elephant Talk and SpeakUp Sign a MVNO Contract
MarketWatch (press release)
... ), an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industries, today announced that it has signed a Mobile Network Virtual Operator (MVNO) agreement with SpeakUp. ...
Redknee Solutions Enters Latin America With New Multi-Million Dollar MVNO ...
MarketWatch (press release)
Under the service agreement, Redknee will deploy and manage its end-to-end billing solution, allowing the MVNO to benefit from Redknee's real-time converged billing expertise as it concentrates on launching branding and marketing campaigns. ...
Micro-P launches '360′ consumer MVNO SIM
Mobile News
Micro-P has entered the MVNO market with a "unique" deal, which allows customers to pay for their texts, minutes and data for the duration of their contract term. The MVNO – '360 Mobile' – runs off the Three network and will be targeted at both the ...
Vodafone 'declines to bid' for Lebara
Global Telecoms Business
European MVNO Lebara's hopes to raise the value of its sales process have been dashed by its partner Vodafone's refusal to bid for the operator, according to reports in the UK. Initial bids for the sale, to be conducted by Royal Bank of Scotland, ...
Voice resale by mobile operators like Bharti Airtel and others could be a game ...
Economic Times
The reseller will not need to invest in infrastructure as is the case with the MVNO (mobile virtual network operators) model. Currently this is prohibited. Successive telecom policies , NTP '94 and NTP '99 have either discouraged resale of voice or ...
Israel's government wants investor partner for its proposed fiber network
... Israel's Communication Minister, who said the telecom industry "is in need of a new player" previously awarded two wireless licenses to two new operators and has allowed other service providers to become Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). ...
TTK applies for phone numbers for its MVNO
Telecompaper (subscription)
Russian operator TTK has submitted an application to the state communications agency Rossvyaz for one million telephone numbers for its MVNO, reported Kommersant. It is expected that mobile operators MTS and Megafon will cooperate with TTK on the issue ...
IndiaWatch: Draft NTP Permits Voice Resale
Light Reading India
The move paves the way for the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) model, which is currently prohibited. (See NTP 2011: RIP Domestic Roaming! and NTP 2011: Govt Allows Spectrum Sharing.) The draft policy also favors the abolition of national roaming ...
Sprint ID Celebrates One-year Anniversary with Six Million ID Pack Downloads ...
MarketWatch (press release)
--All Things Digital For content providers like MTV, the Sprint ID pack format represents an opportunity to deliver content directly to the mobile audience--in many ways, its approach recalls the MVNO model, but without the service plans and handsets. ...

Monday, 10 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 10 October 2011

Customers on Virgin Media's MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) are now being given access to the Orange mobile phone network in addition to that of the T-Mobile network they already use. It means increased coverage for Virgin customers ...

With spectrum pooling and sharing in place, we might get to see the possibility of some new business models like Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) under which new players would get to launch their services, using the spectrum of existing players ...

But in the US it had held out the hope of creating a genuine third way by pursuing the MVNO model it had pioneered there to its logical conclusion - a huge wholesale network which could support a wide range of small operators and non-telco brands ...

Friday, 7 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 07 October 2011

Stonehenge Telecom Unveils Stonehenge Mobile, Signs MVNO Partnership with Sprint
As part of expanding its services, Stonehenge Telecom signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) deal with wireless major Sprint to access the Sprint (News - Alert) 3G network that reaches more than 274 million people. “We are very excited to be a ...
Munoth, G' Five form venture
The Hindu
The venture will focus on three core areas — handsets and smart communication device, VAS solutions and MVNO space (mobile virtual network operator). Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Winston Zhang, Chairman, Munoth G' Five Telecom, ...
FRiENDi GROUP Awarded Best MVNO Award for Second Consecutive Year at Telecoms ...
Teletechwire (press release)
Dubai, UAE (Teletechwire): FRiENDi GROUP, the leading MVNO/MVNE provider in the region is the proud winner of the prestigious Best MVNO award revealed last night at the 5th Annual Telecoms World Middle East Awards dinner ceremony. ...

A 5.5 on the Spencer Scale
Meanwhile a new MVNO launched here in the UK this week, focusing specifically on the African migrant population, and claiming a first in terms of mobile remittance. Vizz Africa, owned by QiComm, which already operates Dialog Vizz for the UK's Sri ...
BuckSense Chooses HasOffers for Affiliate Tracking Platform
MarketWatch (press release)
... the sale of mobile messaging solutions, the sale and installation of remote surveillance and security systems, the sale of mobile telecommunications services as MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in Italy and the sale of advertising services. ...

Thursday, 6 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 06 October 2011

Stonehenge Telecom Signs Contract with Sprint
PR Web (press release)
Stonehenge Telecom has signed a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) agreement with Sprint which allows the company access to the Sprint 3G network, which reaches over 274 million people. Stonehenge Mobile has several feature-filled, bundled packages ...

Cox Unclear if They'll Offer iPhone 4S
by Karl Bode 4 minutes ago tags: business · cable · Cox HSI Now that Sprint has finally gotten the iPhone, will Cox Communications offer the device to customers now that they're effectively a Sprint MVNO? In a rambling, not-really-specific statement to ...

Yallo cut cost of calls to Africa, Asia, Latin America
Telecompaper (subscription)
Sunrise's prepaid MVNO Yallo is cutting the cost of overseas calls to various destinations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. New Yallo prepaid customers will benefit from these price reductions until end-2011. Calls to countries such as China, ...

PrimeTel Mobile launches voicemail, missed call notification
Telecompaper (subscription)
Cypriot MVNO PrimeTel Mobile extended the range of its services by launching the new voicemail and missed call notification services. Voicemail service has already been activated for all PrimeTel customers and will be automatically activated for new ...

Telecom 'cloud billing' market ready to soar
Companies such as Zuora, recently selected by Tata Communications to provide cloud services; Aria, selected by TeleDanmark's broadband YouSee service; Cycle30 selected to rollout MVNE and MVNO services in Africa and MetraTech who created a new cloud ...

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

MVNO Headlines - 04 October 2011

New MVNO targets Africans working in UK
A new MVNO has launched in the UK, targeted exclusively at the African migrant community, claiming to be the first player to launch prepaid mobile credit transfer over SMS between the UK and Africa. The service effectively allows African callers to ...

XO Selects Sprint Wholesale for FMC Solution
Channel Partners
XO will not be reselling Sprint's wireless services in a traditional MVNO relationship, the spokesperson said. Instead, XO will leverage Sprint's WMI services and wireless network to offer a new fixed mobile convergence solution that extending PBX or ...

Rumours point to Google becoming an MVNO
GoMo News
Details are very scarce but the cellular world has been rocked by suggestions that Google could well be in the throes of becoming an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). It's not so unbelievable given that the famed search engine company has begun ..

Macedonia's first MVNO to start operations in 2012
Telecompaper (subscription)
The first virtual mobile network operator (MVNO) in Macedonia is expected to start operations in January 2012, according to a report in local business daily 'Kapital'. The company in question, a unit of World Teleconnect International Holding, ...

New MVNO targets African community in UK
Telecompaper (subscription)
Vizz Mobile has launched a new MVNO in the UK called Vizz Africa to serve the African community. Vizz Africa claims to offer the UK's first pre-paid airtime credit transfer from the UK to Africa. This service will allow Vizz Africa customers to ...

Double portion of prepaid LG Android handsets coming to Net10
The MVNO is offering up the LG Optimus Net prepaid with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 800MHz processor, 3MP camera (though Net10's site wrongly mentions 5MP), Bluetooth, WiFi, 3G and an included 4GB microSD card expandable to 32GB. ...

Net10 Prepares The LG Optimus Q and Optimus Net on their $50 Contract Free ...
In case you're not too familiar with Net10, they are a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and a brand of TracFone offering both pay-as-you-go and prepaid monthly options. For only $50 you can get unlimited text, data and voice piggy backing on ...

Masmovil launches Libre mobile voice, data bundle
Telecompaper (subscription)
Spanish MVNO Masmovil has launched a tariff plan dubbed 'Libre'. The service is available with no call set-up fee, minimum consumption or tie-in period. Libre service users will be charged 8.5 eurocents per minute for national voice calls. ...

How Will We Feel Tomorrow?
It seems that just about every carrier on the planet has been tied to one iPhone design or the other at some point, even going as far as the small regional T-Mobile MVNO Cincinnati Bell, who accidentally leaked a placeholder site for the iPhone 5 ...

Sharp to design first LTE smartphones, tablets for LightSquared
If Best Buy becomes a full-bore wireless MVNO offering smartphones, things get more complicated. But it may choose to simply offer a VoIP service, using the same LTE network for voice and data. Sharp has its work cut out for it. ...

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

DiGi and MY Evolution collaborate to launch Malaysia's first M2M MVNO service

Shah Alam, 28 September 2011: DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi) and MY Evolution Sdn Bhd (MY Evolution) today introduced Malaysia's first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) service. The new service enables communication for machines and devices using DiGi's network.

DiGi's Head of Strategy and Business Transformation, Christian Thrane said the partnership is timely especially given the government and private sector's push to stimulate demand and growth in the domestic M2M market.

The global M2M communications market is predicted to experience a growth spurt in the coming years, with 31% of growth contributed by the Asian region. According to Frost & Sullivan, M2M connections in Asia Pacific (APAC) are expected to reach 116.6 million by 2015 from 20.8 million recorded last year. In addition to China and India, the Malaysian market is expected to grow faster than the APAC average.

"The M2M market in Malaysia, while still in its nascent stages, already exhibits huge potential. According to analysts, growth in the M2M communications market is expected to represent RM200million with more than 2 million connected devices by 2015. This is a considerable market we can potentially tap into."

Thrane said the collaboration with MY Evolution showed that MVNO partnerships continue to be part of the company's business strategy.

"The M2M business is a market driven by industry verticals where MY Evolution as an MVNO can complement DiGi's strategy by offering industry solutions. MVNO partnerships give us an additional revenue stream by addressing underserved customer segments. We have invested in dedicated resources, including a team with relevant industry experience tasked to support the MVNO business. With our existing infrastructure, I believe we will be successful in this space in the coming years."

Through this deal, MY Evolution will ride on DiGi's infrastructure to provide end-to-end M2M communications services that enable the applications and its devices.

MY Evolution's Managing Director, Philippe Buriot said, "The M2M market in Asia has already started to grow at a faster pace and customers now need industry-focused products and services. Asia is going to contribute significantly to the M2M expansion in the next few years, where APAC revenue will increase from RM 2.2 billion today to more than RM 7.6 billion in 2015, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27%."

MY Evolution's focus is to propose business-oriented and tailor-made rate plans, as well as adapted workflows to device life-cycles with real-time monitoring and control tools. Data ∓ Connectivity technology make possible for all application providers to setup and control their devices in a cost-efficient way and in a secured environment. To make these high-end echnologies available to all application providers, MY Evolution has decided to offer these solutions as a service.

Philippe added, "What differentiates us from other players in the market is our ability to customize our services and pricing to each customer instead of providing a one-size-fits-all package. For example, some customers have very long period of stock for their devices, others have incredible low usage needs and some require additional security to avoid sending their information over the Internet. Therefore we can improve the overall costs with the right services and pricing based on their specific requirements."

My Evolution's simcards enable machines to communicate with each other remotely, securely and are easily integrated with customers' existing systems. The highly customizable features enable MY Evolution to deliver to customers valuable information from a business-adapted system, contributing to increase operational efficiency as well as reducing their time-to-market.

Finally Philippe said that "With this partnership, we are launching our Malaysian operations as the first M2M MVNO in South-East Asia, to focus exclusively its technology, data access and know-how to enable all application providers and enterprises that need machine-to-machine communications."

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Simple Mobile USA 1.5m activations

Simple Mobile hosted on T-Mobile announced that it has activated 1.5m activations, to be noted these aren't active subscribers, these are cumulative subscribers. Simple Mobile is a SIM only operation targeting subscribers who will bring their existing mobile to the operation or buy a SIM free handset. The company is going after the mobile internet market with HSPA+ access being pushed to their subscribers. 

Intercity Zakelijk signs NSN for core network

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will plan, design and implement its full mobile core network, including open mobile softswitches* and Evolved Packet Core (EPC)**. The company will also deploy its subscriber data management and repositories, operations support system (OSS), billing mediation, and value added services platform, supporting up-to-date GSM and 3G core networks. In addition, the company will support Intercity Zakelijk’s network operations and provide care services.

"Our aim is to deliver differentiated services that fully meet the expectations of our business customers,” said Nick Buckley, chief executive officer, Intercity Zakelijk. “Having our own mobile core network allows us to do this faster and more flexibly. Nokia Siemens Networks with its expertise in core networks and consulting services is the right partner for us to ensure service satisfaction for our customers."

Monday, 27 June 2011

GTD first MVNO for Chile?

GTD looks set to launch full MVNO activities in Chile. From plan to launch has turned into a long story for the GTD MVNO. In 2008 Telsur signed an agreement with MNO, Movistar. In December 2009 Grupo GTD bought the the Telsur operation which slowed everything down. Only this month have GTD and Movistar signed their commercial agreement for the future GTD Movil. The service is already in trial with 1,000 subscribers.  

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

VT4 launching with Mobistar

VT4, a Belgian broadcaster, has signed with Mobistar. The service will be a pre-paid SIM offer sold out of Mobistar locations. At this time this seems to be more of a brand agreement than an MVNO. 

TeleWare Mobile to target converged mobile and fixed enterprise market

TeleWare Mobile is launching a new mobile venture targeting channel partners within the UK converged fixed mobile market. The company is specifically going after the enterprise market. 

Monday, 20 June 2011

Eyesvision launching in South Korea

Eyesvision have announced they have signed a deal with SK Telecom, with the intent to launch mobile services July 2011. The service is going to be 1 of 4 expected to launch in July. Their plan is to target expatriates and tourists at rates lower than the MNOs.

MVNO Business Plan updated for 2011

This is a full business plan based on the launch of an illustrative Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) known as Contendus. The plan covers all aspects of the company launch plan including market assessment, funding requirements, financial analysis, market segmentation and product differentiation. Also included is go-to-market plan, distribution and replenishment plans, comparison of MVNO's and more. The major benefit of this report is to assist in the development of an MVNO launch and to help validate existing plans.

While this report will be of interest to anyone involved in the start-up or business development in the wireless space, it will be of particular value to the following groups:

- MVNO start-ups
- Mobile network operators
- MVNE/MVNO service providers
- Investors and analysts in the mobile space
- Suppliers of MVNO equipment and software
- Consultants and systems integration companies

Friday, 17 June 2011

Gtd Móvil to become Chile MVNO

GTD has finally signed an agreement with Movistar for a nationwide MVNO. This could bring on a July launch of mobile services.

GTD ingresará a telefonía móvil local tras firmar acuerdo con Movistar - Terra

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Cox puts USD 4 billion value on MVNO future

Wireless could add $4B to Cox Business services - FierceCable

In an interview with Cox Communications' Phil Meeks, SVP Business, the executive has stated that the addition of wireless could eventually add USD 4 billion to their existing USD 7 billion from commercial services.

Cox recently made the decision to pull back from being its own MNO and partnered with Sprint to gain access to its nationwide network. Cox will act as an MVNO targeting enterprise markets, with a focus on small business users and potentially a niche market within home workers and those running their own business from home.

Rocketfish - BestBuy's 3G MiFi Mobile Hotspot and USB Broadband Device

Novatel Wireless and Best Buy Connect Launch Mobile Broadband Connectivity Solutions (NASDAQ:NVTL)

Built from Novatel Wireless' technology, the Best Buy Connect devices are branded Rocketfish, a Best Buy private label brand that represents a portfolio of simple hardware solutions that enable connectivity. The 3G MiFi Mobile Hotspot (MiFiRF-MFH2)delivers high speed internet access anywhere, anytime for multiple users and devices. Users can connect and share broadband speeds with up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices at once—PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets, gaming consoles and more—with the touch of a button. The 3G MiFi Mobile Hotspot provides up to four hours of active use on a single charge and fits in the palm of your hand.

Best Buy Connect is a Best Buy-owned mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that provides high-speed Internet on-the-go. The mobile broadband service operates on the Nationwide Sprint 3G network and Clearwire 4G network, and is available through laptops, netbooks, and other external devices, powering the connectivity for a wide range of consumer electronic devices.

"We're finding that our customers want choices in service providers, plans and devices for mobile broadband," said Jed Stillman, vice president of Best Buy Connect. "Novatel Wireless has a great reputation for creating intelligent solutions that help consumers stay connected wherever and whenever. We're delighted to partner with them on delivering a really smart and easy way to maintain those connections."

SITA sets up as first global mobile data service for airlines

SITA becomes first global mobile data services provider for air transport industry |

SITA today announced that it has become the world's first global mobile data services provider dedicated to the air transport industry. Through a partnership agreement with Orange Business Services, the air transport communications specialist is providing global data connectivity to airlines enabling the secure use of mobile data, machine-to-machine (M2M) and application to person (A2P) technologies worldwide.

The size of the mobile data market is significant and growing 25% annually; according to Berg Insight more than 187 million cellular connections are expected in 2014 . To effectively handle this scale of traffic requires not only connectivity but also a close understanding of application and context specifics. SITA's service, designed for the unique needs of the global air transport industry, includes end-to-end infrastructure, a managed SIMs supply chain and self-care administration portal for optimized use.

Francesco Violante, CEO, SITA said: "As the adoption of mobile devices and data transfer soars worldwide, the air transport industry requires a high-performing, cost-effective service that provides consistent connectivity globally. SITA has partnered with Orange Business Services because it provides global coverage at competitive rates. Together we are combining this high standard of data connectivity with SITA's knowledge of the air transport industry to make the use of mobile applications most effective."

Vivek Badrinath, Senior Executive Vice President for Enterprise Services at France Telecom Orange and CEO of Orange Business Services, said: "We are proud to add mobile data connectivity to our seven-year partnership with SITA on a large portfolio of telecommunications services. And we are happy to provide Orange's extensive experience of over ten years in M2M as well as the expertise developed by our International M2M Centre and the key role our group plays in M2M standardization. Combined with SITA's industry expertise, it will provide the air transport industry with a service that is specifically designed for this unique sector."

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cyfrowy digging into Polkomtel through billionaire owner

Solorz-Zak Said to Lead Polkomtel Sale With $6.6 Billion Bid - Businessweek

Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. operates as an MVNO via an agreement signed with Era back in 2006. In an ongoing bidding process for the ownership of Polkomtel, the leading bid is now from Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, a billionaire who owns cable operator Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. If Solorz-Zak wins the bidding process and passes the resulting hurdles of payments and regulatory approval, then the quad-play operator could soon have a massive mobile arm to it, in the form of Polkomtel.

UK Broadband (PCCW) bringing LTE to UK / Telecoms - PCCW set to build UK broadband network

It's normally the other way around, but a new startup from PCCW is sounding out partners for its 4G network. UK Broadband is looking to set up an LTE network in 2012 and is reportedly going to provide services on a wholesale basis. This means they will need partners to find the paying customers, namely MVNOs sourcing business for them.

Rollout is expected during H2 2011, with a launch in 2012 using their 3.5 and 3.6 GHz frequencies. This will leave BT looking on anxiously as it rolls out a new fibre optic network.

Could a massive LTE offering knock out the UK market for fixed (1 place, 1 access, can't take it with you) broadband?

Mobile One picks Symsoft's MVNO Platform

The German MVNO market is perhaps the most exploited in Europe. With the inclusion of mobile resellers there are over 70 companies running virtual operations, with many of these running multiple operations (according to The MVNO Directory, May 2011). MVNEs such as Mobile One are perhaps the best way to manage all these small scale niche operations which would otherwise be a distraction to carriers. 

Symsoft today announced Mobile One (MVNE) has selected their MVNO Platform - Press release - Symsoft - 15th June 2011

Symsoft a trusted expert and supplier of charging and messaging solutions, today announced that Mobile One has selected the MVNO Platform from Symsoft.

Düsseldorf-based Mobile One GmbH, a German Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE), has selected the Symsoft MVNO Platform for the rollout of a complete portfolio of mobile services. In the first phase the services have been launched on one of Europe’s largest mobile networks in Germany.

The Symsoft MVNO Platform provides a complete solution for real-time rating and charging of all types of traffic – voice, SMS, MMS, premium content and data, in pre- and post-paid scenarios.

“We have been looking for a solution capable of handling multiple clients within a single system, thereby reducing costs and making the best use of our hardware investments. Symsoft’s MVNO Platform is definitely meeting those demands. Moreover, Symsoft MVNO is highly scalable and flexible, and will make it possible to quickly and easily tailor attractive campaigns and new innovative product offers”, says Norbert Schüppler, CEO, Mobile One.

Jonas Hassler, Sales Director at Symsoft comments, “We are proud to be the selected supplier of the core components in the solution deployed by Mobile One. The selection of the Symsoft MVNO platform further strengthens our footprint as a leading provider of solutions for MVNOs and MVNEs around the world".

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The UK SME market gets another FMC and beyond MVNO in TeleWare Mobile

The UK is one of the most MVNO penetrated markets in the world. Room for consumer MVNOs seems to have run out and largely driven from MNO activity the SME market is now getting the same treatment. Today the TeleWare Group has launched its own venture providing enterprise mobile and FMC telecoms.

TeleWare launches converged business mobile network - Press release - TeleWare (June 14, 2011)

TeleWare today announced the launch of TeleWare Mobile, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that will offer a range of unique, high value services specifically designed for business use.

“TeleWare Mobile is the first service designed from the ground up to combine all the usual features of a modern national mobile phone network with the typical business requirements offered by a modern telephony solution. Because we control the complete end-to-end call experience as well as the software applications that interact with any call and associated data, we can create a whole host of unique and highly valuable services.” Steve Haworth, CEO of TeleWare Group Plc.

TeleWare Mobile provides an innovative new approach that delivers a business communication solution using one number, one bill, one device without the high bills, unused minutes and complex device management of legacy solutions on the market today. All business calls, both fixed and mobile are switched and routed through one core with the business in control of how that call should be processed.

TeleWare Mobile uses a normal SIM card which works with all leading mobile phone types, including any Apple iPhone, Blackberry, Android or Symbian handset or pad device. The network offers full Voice, SMS and Data and supports roaming in 265 countries … number porting and provides a range of common core business applications and call routing options… integrates with standard geographic and non-geographic numbers as well as short code dialling, premium rate numbers and operator services … interfaces with any SIP compliant PBX and has been tested with products from Cisco, Avaya, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens, Panasonic and other vendors.

“We are not competing for the consumer mass market or pay-as-you-go market,” explains Haworth, “We are only aiming at the 4 million UK businesses that need a better way to integrate an increasingly mobile workforce into a more effective communication strategy.” States Haworth.

FRiENDi appoints marketing company

“FRiENDi Mobile” appoints “Memac Ogilvy Advize”

This isn't much of a story, but what tickled me is that FRiENDi have appointed Memac Ogilvy to manage its advertising and communications in Jordan. So I popped along to FRiENDi's corporate website to see the press release but found nothing. Fair enough, they have only just got the campaign, so I went to the source itself ... surely ... but Memac are not carrying any press material about this. In fact their "Latest News and PR" section has not been updated since June 24, 2010. There is telecoms coverage of this news but surely a marketing communications company would promote itself?

SIMPLE Mobile is making their $50 prepaid plan UNLIMITED

SIMPLE Mobile media, press releases and news updates

"SIMPLE Mobile's existing $50 prepaid plan has been rebranded the $50 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text & Web plan. Previously, this plan only included 100MB's of data, which just wasn't enough for many customers. The new plan has unlimited data service at 2G speeds, making it a great option for customers looking for an unlimited data plan for basic web surfing, sending picture messages and checking their email without breaking the bank. SIMPLE Mobile continues to provide a $60 Unlimited Talk, Text, and High Speed Web plan for those who want to unleash the full power of the web at up to 4G wireless speeds."

Tim Garrett, SVP of marketing for SIMPLE Mobile. "Like all of our prepaid plans, the $50 option has none of the hidden fees, background checks or lengthy commitments you expect from other carriers. Pop in a SIMPLE Mobile SIM card, activate it and you're good to go."

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

60,000 wholesale Lightyear clients to Sprint

Verizon has lost 60,000 wholesale clients to Sprint, following Lightyear’s decision to sign a 5 year MVNO contract with Sprint. The operator originally signed up to Verizon’s Wholesale Mobility Solutions suite back in July 2008. Then CEO of Lightyear, Sherman Henderson III, said at the time: “Single-source service bundles mean convenience, simplicity and value to both the business and residential customers that Lightyear Network Solutions serves nationwide … Our agreement with Verizon Partner Solutions will enable us to deliver those benefits to our customers, backed by the power of the Verizon networks and the attentive customer care of Lightyear.”

Lightyear Network Solutions launches mobile agreement with Sprint (MVNO agreement expected to contribute to wireless growth – Press release – Lightyear Network Solutions (June 8, 2011)

Lightyear, a provider of data, voice and wireless telecommunication services to business and residential customers throughout North America, today announced that it has launched its MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) operations under a new five-year agreement with Sprint.

The contract allows Lightyear to partner directly with Sprint on new wireless products, and provide postpaid and prepaid mobile telephone products and service utilizing the Nationwide Sprint Network. The agreement provides numerous benefits for Lightyear, including a larger and improved selection of the newest Sprint wireless devices, quicker access to those products, greater flexibility regarding product and service offerings for Lightyear customers, and the ability to offer bundled Lightyear wireline and wireless products.

The MVNO agreement enables Lightyear to offer an enhanced suite of wireless products, while lowering its costs. Lightyear’s sales force will immediately begin offering these enhanced services under the MVNO agreement to its more than 60,000 customers.

Lightyear recently initiated a marketing program to increase its commercial business activities, and this agreement with Sprint will enable the company to expand its efforts with new and existing business customers, including the availability to offer new solutions such as fixed mobile convergence. The agreement will also provide benefits to residential customers who will have access to a broader selection of wireless handsets, including a number of phones with the increasingly popular Android operating system.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of our MVNO with Sprint, which has been a valuable Lightyear provider partner for a number of years,” said Stephen M. Lochmueller, Chief Executive Officer of Lightyear. “This MVNO agreement will contribute to our long-term strategy to increase our organic growth. We expect our wireless business to contribute to our growth and profitability in 2011, with increasing benefits in future years.”

Monday, 6 June 2011

Virgin branded mobile services in Latin America (... in 2012)

The Virgin Group hopes to monetise Latin America. Currently Virgin Mobile are active in the UK, France, South Africa, India and by brand name in the USA, Qatar, Australia and Canada. This will be the company's first venture into South America. No definite entries to market have been given but the company expects launches in 2012. The press release heading and Virgin's change in policy to mobile indicate that the venture will not be an MVNO, it will be a branded operation with an MNO driving the workings.

UPDATE (10th June): Tribe Mobile will be the venture partner. The 2 companies have pledged USD 300 mln towards the joint mobile outing. Tribe will be the operational partner while Virgin will offer the branding. (Source Tribe Mobile)

Virgin Group planning to launch Virgin branded mobile services in Latin America - Press release - Virgin Group (June 06, 2011)

Virgin branded mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in Latin America will be in partnership with Tribe Mobile, in order to become the leading MVNO across the region.

This will mark the first time the Virgin brand has launched in the Latin American market, something Richard Branson is looking forward to.

The Virgin founder said: "We are excited by the opportunity to launch the Virgin brand in Latin America for the first time.

"Latin America's mobile telecom consumers will benefit from Virgin's entry into their markets to provide our exciting customer focused product offering, wide range of great services, transparent pricing and value for money. We look forward to launching our first businesses within the next 12 to 15 months."

Tribe Mobile Founder and Chairman Phil Wallace added: "Latin American consumers have proven to be avid mobile users from the early days of mobile telephony and continue to be so.

"More than in any other region, wireless has replaced fixed line service for consumer use and the region is ripe for new options that can either attract new customers or focus on special consumer segments."

Virgin Mobile branded businesses already operate in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the UK and the USA, serving approximately 15 million mobile subscribers.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

1 in 4 MVNOs upgraded to offering mobile broadband

London, United Kingdom, 2nd June 2011

New for 2011, The MVNO Directory has tracked which MVNOs offer mobile broadband services, acting as mobile virtual broadband network operators, or MVBNOs. The directory shows that currently 120 of the 515 active companies are offering mobile broadband services using another operator’s network. This accounts for nearly 1 in 4 MVNOs. These findings show that the mobile virtual network operator market has moved on from its infancy and can no longer be simply dismissed as a mass discount and pre-pay only sector.

The 5th edition of The MVNO Directory launched May 2011. The latest research found 645 active MVNOs operated by 515 companies, meaning that some companies operate more than one MVNO in a single country.

Mark Thomas, Director of Network Research, Blycroft Ltd commented: “The rise of the mobile virtual broadband network operator (MVBNO) shows that the virtual market is keeping pace with the spectrum market. Nearly 1 in 4 MVNOs currently offer mobile broadband services and this figure keeps improving. MVNOs are capable of trading within the full arena of mobile offerings, whether this is basic voice through to the latest 4G services. While many MVNOs make a good trade out of pre-pay discount offerings, it is clear that the high ARPU and premium services market is definitely open to MVNOs.”

The majority of MVBNOs also offer traditional voice and messaging subscriptions. Their subscribers are signing up for multiple services providing a double revenue stream. These multi-play virtual operators are in effect taking two bites out of their subscribers’ wallets by offering complementing technologies.

Geographically the MVBNOs follow the same markets as MVNOs, with active operations across Asia, Europe and North America. Although the MVNO market is yet to reach into every country, their presence is now felt across every continent.

“For many years analysts have noted the MVNO market as a discount only offering. The thought process being that MVNOs trade on being cheaper than traditional networks (mobile network operators, MNOs) such as Vodafone and T-Mobile. This new research helps to show that MVNOs are in fact capable of offering the same services as MNOs and can revenue high ARPU streams from specific client bases. The sector is capable of data rich services and post-paid offers commonly seen within the MNO sector.” Added Mark Thomas.

Further details about The MVNO Directory can be found at, by contacting Blycroft Ltd on +44-870-241-4505 or by e-mailing

Friday, 20 May 2011

PLDT Global brings international mobile business to Guam

PLDT Global brings international mobile business to Guam

PLDT Global Corporation (PGC), in cooperation with Docomo Pacific, is bringing its Mobile Virtual Network Operation (MVNO) business to Filipinos in Guam next month.

Through this partnership, Docomo Pacific, which operates a cellular service in Guam, will offer PGC’s Smart Pinoy services and lower rates for voice calls and text messages, to and from the Philippines.

These services include the Smart Pinoy Store which serves as a gateway for remittances and the payment of essential products and services such as utilities, tuition fees, insurance premiums, health check-ups, and medical procedures among others.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

NarrowMinds opens Dutch MVNO market with T-Mobile

The Netherlands has somewhere between 16 and 17 million residents. Competing for their business are T-Mobile, KPN Mobile and Vodafone. Additionally there are 42 active MVNO operations also fighting for their share of this market. That figure does not include all the brands operated by MNOs but marketed as MVNOs, such as Ay Yildiz and Simyo.

NarrowMinds have already gone live with the MVNO, Simpathiek. The big question is can another new entry to the Dutch MVNO sector achieve gains? The firm is targeting returns on low subscriber numbers, which considering the saturation is perhaps the only profitable entry method left in The Netherlands. ARPU!

NarrowMinds opens Dutch MVNO market with T-Mobile - Press release - NarrowMinds (May 12, 2011)

NarrowMinds has reached an agreement with T-Mobile Netherlands to offer MVNE services over the T-Mobile network in The Netherlands. As an MVNE (Mobile Virtual Mobile Network Enabler) NarrowMinds allows customers to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) and offer mobile services under their own brand. NarrowMinds enhances these mobile network services with location based services and customer engagement and dialogue programs. NarrowMinds’ platform allows new entrants to become a successful MVNO even with a limited number of mobile users.

NarrowMinds uses a number of software platforms with a proven track record outside The Netherlands. These platforms allow NarrowMinds customers to deploy an MVNO quickly and cheaply. By opening the platform to developers and partners, NarrowMinds facilitates MVNO’s to develop new services for their end users.

Currently, there are approximately 50 [42 according to research conducted for The MVNO Directory, May 2011] active MVNO in The Netherlands. Companies, associations and brands can strengthen brand awareness with their own branded mobile network. Until now, starting an MVNO was difficult, time consuming and costly and only feasible with a large number of users. The NarrowMinds’ business model allows organizations to start an MVNO without high start-up costs and thus bringing it within reach of a lot more people. In addition, the time to market for an MVNO has been greatly reduced. In June NarrowMinds will become operational and offer its products and services.

Hans van Linschoten, General Manager of NarrowMinds: ‘Our customers ask for flexibility. Brands are eager to embrace relevant mobile connectivity, communities, apps, location based services and mobile payment. Deploying your own mobile brand puts you in the epicenter of these developments. The fact that T-Mobile supports us underscores their strategic vision.’

T-Mobile CEO in The Netherlands, Bart Weijermars comments: ‘T-Mobile spearheads innovative products and services. Also, T-Mobile’s network is among the best in Europe. This is an excellent starting point for cooperation with NarrowMinds.’