Wednesday, 5 September 2012

RadioShack Wireless - Brand venture rather than MVNO

Finally, something real to report about the RadioShack "MVNO". Leap Wireless and RadioShack today launch an MVNO venture of the Cricket brand via RadioShack. It is called "RadioShack No-Contract Wireless", not really a catchy name. Reports indicate that this is not a true MVNO as there is no minutes of use contract and the MNO is still dealing with the technical side. This includes billing and the subscribers will be owned by Cricket. So erm ... not much different to just selling the services of a carrier and taking a commission (this just means they get an ongoing commission rather than a one off sign up payment). 

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Another Dutch SME MVNO, FirmTel is coming

The website is already live but there is no official announcement of its launch. Dutch Enterprise telecoms provider FirmTel, is about to launch commercial services over Vodafone's network. CEO, Cees Quirijns, is quoted by TelecomPaper as stating the operation is currently in testing and will take about 2 weeks to launch. 

Lycamobile USA and Canada

European and UK head quartered Lycamobile is about to launch operations in North America. As reported in the Financial Times, the European MVNO looks set to open its doors as what it describes the first full MVNO in the US and Canada. The FT quotes Milind Kangle, Lyca's CEO as saying: “As we enter the US we will double that. We will be the first full MVNO for the US, which is a better customer experience as we can make changes in seconds.”

For those not familiar with the operations, Lyca's routes are within cheap international calling targeting ethnic minority populations. At this point its not clear whether they will go after the Latin American population that is already targeted by TracFone, or if they will look more to the Asian markets.