Carphone looking for MVNO opportunities across Europe

29 Jul 2004

European mobile retail giant Carphone Warehouse has announced plans to rollout a number of individual mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) across Europe, following its recently announced foray into the French market. The group’s chief executive Charles Dunstone said that he had dispatched a team of negotiators and analysts to travel around Europe evaluating possible MVNO partnerships with local cellcos with a view to launching operators in an undisclosed number of viable markets. He added that each country would be assessed individually, at pains to point out that a sweeping strategy would not work across all of the region’s diverse mobile sectors. Carphone already operates the MVNO Fresh in its domestic market and on 11 July its French subsidiary The Phone House signed an MVNO agreement with Orange France affording it access to the latter’s mobile network in the country.

Dunstone’s announcement came as Carphone boasted continued strong growth in its second quarter financials, with retail revenue up 23.3% over the quarter on the back of a 25.6% rise in subscriptions. The company said its mobile customer base increased 8.9% to two million, whilst its fixed line offering Talk Talk oversaw a 125,000 rise in its customer base to end June with 510,000 customers; it expects to have 900,000 signed up to the service by the end of the year.

United Kingdom