MVNO user bases reaches 3.5m in 3Q08

15 Jan 2009

The popularity of the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business model continues to grow in the Netherlands, with the total number of customers signed up to one of the country’s 50 or so virtual providers reaching 3.51 million at 30 September 2008, up 10% year-on-year. According to Telecompaper MVNOs accounted for 17.3% of all SIM cards on the market at that date, up from 17.0% a year earlier. A number of new players entered the sector in the six months to end-September namely Easer Mobile, Tok Toe Mie, Youfone and Internet Overal, while several others closed down their MVNO operations. In addition, more entrants have since launched commercially in the country or announced plans to launch in early 2009, such as Blyk and Telesur, the Dutch group said.