Virgin Mobile Latin America (VMLA) has reportedly been given the nod by Mexico’s Secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Cellular News reports. It is understood that VMLA aims to inaugurate commercial services in around six months time, by which date it expects to have finalised a wholesale agreement with one of the country’s mobile network operators. The announcement comes after UK-based Virgin Group, whose local MVNO Virgin Mobile UK is one of the largest virtual operators in Britain, revealed in June 2011 that it was seeking to launch similar services across Latin America. Last month meanwhile Virgin outlined plans for an MVNO launch in Chile in the first quarter of 2012 having received regulatory approval from the local telecoms regulator, Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel).
Commenting on this latest development, VMLA chairman Phil Wallace noted: ‘We are very appreciative of the SCT and of the Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones (Cofetel) for their approval and support of our application … By having our license in hand we expect our discussions with the operators will proceed along at a quicker pace.’