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."